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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 20-6 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 18-8 
 3. Radnicki KG 17-9 
 4. Partizan 16-10 
 5. Buducnost 16-10 
 6. Cedevita 15-11 
 7. MZT Skopje 14-12 
 8. Un.Olimpija 13-13 
 9. Cibona 9-17 
 10. Krka 9-17 
 11. Siroki WWin 9-17 
 12. Szolnok 9-17 
 13. KK Split 8-17 
 14. Zadar 8-17 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 23: Partizan - Szolnok 83-69
Mar. 23: Radnicki KG - Crvena Zvezda 80-75
Mar. 23: Buducnost - Un.Olimpija 79-75
Mar. 23: Cibona - Igokea 78-87
Mar. 23: Siroki WWin - Cedevita 75-77
Mar. 23: Krka - MZT Skopje 68-80
Mar. 24: Zadar - KK Split


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG17.5 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena16.0 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Jorovic, Igokea14.7 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.6 
 6. Travis, Zadar14.5 
 7. White, Radnicki KG14.5 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.14.4 
 9. Strawberry, Cibona14.3 
 10. Zizic, Cibona14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.3 
 2. Travis, Zadar7.8 
 3. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 4. Bader, Szolnok7.4 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.2 
 7. Saric, Cibona6.1 
 8. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 10. Gecevski, MZT S.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.1 
 2. Subotic, KK Split5.0 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.3 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea4.0 
 5. Simon, Szolnok3.8 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.3.6 
 7. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.4 
 8. Otasevic, MZT S.3.3 
 9. Wright, Cedevita3.3 
 10. Rakocevic, Crvena3.2 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 3. Otasevic, MZT S.1.7 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea1.6 
 5. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 6. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 8. Worthington, Radni.1.4 
 9. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.4 
 10. Capin, Radnicki KG1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  KK Split
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kraljevic, KK Split1.5 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 4. Musli, Partizan1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.8 
 7. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 8. Omic, Un.Olimpija0.8 
 9. Lalic, Krka0.8 
 10. Saric, Cibona0.7 


Regular part of Adriatic league is almost over - by Igor Obradovic

Regular part in the Adriatic League is almost over because there is only one game left to play and in that game will be decided which team stays in the elite competition in the region, Zadar or Split.

Today was played six games and this is results from today games :

Cibona - Igokea 78:87 (22:19, 14:27, 25:25, 17:16)
Radnicki Kragujevac - Crvena zvezda Telekom 80:75 (24:17, 19:16, 12:20, 25:22)
Buducnost VOLI - Olimpija 79:75 (25:21, 25:19, 9:21, 20:14)
Siroki Wwin - Cedevita 75:77 (23:12, 15:26, 15:16, 22:23)
Krka - MZT Skopje 68:80 (17:16, 23:22, 13:23, 15:19)
Partizan mt:s - Szolnoki Olaj 83:69 (21:17, 18:13, 22:24, 22:15)

Tommorow :

Zadar - Split 17:00

At the top there is no mystery, Igokea completed its best season in history with a score of 20-6 and won the first place, the second is Crvena zvezda Telekom with 18-8, the third is Radnicki from Kragujevac with 17-9 and fourth place was go to Partizan mt:s with 16 - 10.
Buducnost VOLI finished in fifth place with the same score as Partizan mt:s, but with poor results with Belgrade team, as they just lost to Partizan easily twice. In Podgorica, the score was 62:81 while Partizan in Belgrade once again easily handled with a team of Dejan Radonjic with a score of 63:50.
Sixth is Cedevita who is not justified expectations and the money that was invested in this team. This season, they finished with a score of 15-11. Behind them is MZT Skopje refreshment of the year in the Adriatic League, they finished the season with 14-12, in front of this year's participant of Euroleague, team Olimpija from Ljubljana, which is the eighth with the score 13-13.
Krka finished season on nine position with 9-17, Cibona, Siroki and Szolnok have the same score.
We'll see tomorrow. Someone will have a 9-17 and somebody will have 8-18, and that team will relegated from the Adriatic league.

Now is finally know who is going to F4 and who will cross the finish at the league:

Igokea - Partizan mt: s
Crvena zvezda Telekom - Radnicki Kragujevac

Final4 will run from 25. to 27. April.




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  APBL   


Victors on fire in first season! - by Justin Moore

Three Montgomery County Natives Lead
the Countys Home Team to an Impressive 14-1 APBL Record

From playground courts to college ball to overseas leagues and back -- three young men grew up playing basketball in Montgomery County, MD, always sharing a love for basketball and a love for their hometown of Rockville, MD. One day it struck them -- why not combine the two?

Tavares Cooper (6'3''-G/F, college: Pfeiffer) and Anthony Williams (6'2''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer) are alumni of Richard Montgomery High School and played collegiate basketball at Montgomery College and Pfeiffer University. Reggie Winkfield (6'5''-G-81, college: Morgan St.) played at Bullis High School and then at Morgan State University. But their passion for the sport didnt end after receiving their degrees. All three went on to play with professional teams overseas and semi-professional teams in the United States. Once returning to Montgomery County, they continued to play in highly competitive basketball leagues. In the last three years they have been members of teams named Maryland State Basketball Tournament Champions, Goodman Outdoor League Champions, Hoop-it-Up for Breast Cancer Champions, and the Goodman Indoor League Runners-Up, just to name a few.
So it was a natural progression for them to ask themselves in mid-summer last year: Why dont we start our own team? We know enough talented players and have the basketball knowledge and know-how to make it happen! After a few months of research and discussion, in August 2012 they formed the The Rockville Victors: Kings of the Court. The Victors would join the American Professional Basketball League (APBL), an accredited and well-established semi-professional league.
Now that the trio were not just players, but also co-founders and General Managers of a new, semi-pro team, they realized they were going to need a little help. Several of their long-time friends signed on to work (as volunteers; no one is being paid to play or work with the Victors) as the Front Line Team. Jamaal Schools, a fellow Richard Montgomery graduate, signed on as Head Coach.
The Victors team had to work fast -- the season was set to begin in less than two months and a lot needed to be accomplished to make the organization a reality. Cooper, Williams, and Winkfield hit the pavement, instead of the blacktop, to find sponsors, set up try-outs, find an available/affordable venue, develop a game schedule, order uniforms, reserve a practice gym, etc. A long time supporter and now Victors President, Carlos Stein, set up a meeting with the owner of the Upper Crust Bakery, Dave Neville. Mr. Neville took time out of his busy schedule to hear their proposal. He was already familiar with how talented the young men were on the court, having seen them the previous summer win in the highly competitive and well-known Barry Farms Tournament. He was equally impressed with their presentation and agreed to be their sponsor, giving the team the start-up money it needed.
Fast forward (or should we say fast break?) - its now March 2013 and the three young mens dream has become a reality. The Team not only found a home game venue, they established a great fan base that has come to cheer them on as they established an impressive record of 14-1, heading into the playoffs.
As important as it is to the Victors to win, it is equally important to them to be positive role models and to give back to the community. The team held a Kids Night for young Victors fans to enjoy health and fitness activities. The Victors have also been a part of other community events, volunteering their time and donating Victors gear. Team members have plans to continue their community outreach throughout the year, as soon as they as they accomplish their goal of bringing an APBL league championship to the County.
So come on out and support the Victors at their first play-off game! Be a part of the crowd that cheers Montgomery Countys Home Team to victory. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Bohrer Park Activity Center, 506 South Frederick Avenue, in Gaithersburg. More information regarding the team and its accomplishments this season can be found at their website, www.rockvillevictors.com or like them on Facebook at The Rockville Victors Basketball.



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.1 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 3. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.8 
 4. Jackson, GECR I.17.7 
 5. Lewis, La Union16.6 
 6. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.1 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
 9. Lytch, Argentino14.6 
 10. Pau, Olimpico LB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.10.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.2 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.2 
 8. Shannon, La Union7.1 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.6.9 
 10. Lewis, La Union6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras4.2 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 5. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.8 
 8. Cequeira, Sionista3.8 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.8 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 3. Pau, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.7 
 6. Washam, Regatas C.1.6 
 7. Labaque, Atenas1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.4 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 10. Elsener, Atenas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.7 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Regat.1.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.1 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 8. Humphrey, Obras0.9 
 9. Weigand, Argentino0.8 
 10. Espinoza, Obras0.8 


LigaA Round 4 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Sionista - Atenas 87-77

Sionista forced the fifth decisive game in the series versus Atenas. It looked good early as Atenas took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sionista had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and Atenas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-87. They outrebounded Atenas 38-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American Joshua Pittman (195-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and power forward Daniel Hure (200-85) who added 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) responded with 28 points and the former international point guard Bruno Labaque (180-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Pittman 24+3reb+1ast, A.Zilli 13+5reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 12+6reb, L.Gonzalez 11+5reb, D.Hure 9+7reb+3ast, J.Sandrini 8+3reb+4ast
Atenas: J.Bulfoni 28+4reb+1ast, B.Labaque 20+1reb+3ast, M.Lescano 11+3reb+3ast, D.Kante 7+3reb, B.Colli 4+3reb+1ast, D.Guaita 4+1reb
gschID: 237239


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Argentino 101-80

Wuber-Estudiantes Bahia overcame Argentino for the second win in the series. The teams will clash for the fifth time to decide on the quarterfinalists. It looked good early as Argentino took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Wuber-Est.Bahia had a 31-12 second period charge getting the lead and Argentino was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-101. Wuber-Est.Bahia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Argentino's 38. Wuber-Est.Bahia forced 20 Argentino turnovers. Argentino was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-88) responded with 13 points and naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Five Wuber-Est.Bahia and four Argentino players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: L.Faggiano 23+1reb+4ast, F.Ferrini 19+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 15+6reb, J.Williams 12+7reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 12+5reb+8ast, H.Jasen 9+1reb+1ast
Argentino: N.De los Santos 13+4reb+2ast, B.Carlwell 13+2reb, F.Funes 12+2reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 10+5reb+2ast, G.Luchino 10+2ast, A.Weigand 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 237237


Libertad S. - Quimsa 83-64

Libertad and Quimsa will have to meet again after the series became tied at 2-2. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Quimsa managed to win fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Quimsa to just 5 points in second quarter. Libertad Sunchales shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Puerto Rican center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Libertad Sunchales' coach Oscar Sanchez used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 14 points in the effort for Quimsa.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Sanchez 22+7reb, D.Garcia 15+2reb+7ast, J.Treise 13+6reb+2ast, M.Saglietti 10+3reb, J.Emiliano Fernandez 9+3reb+2ast, D.Johnson 5
Quimsa: J.Baxter 14+3reb+1ast, S.Vega 13+6reb, N.Aguirre 9+1reb+4ast, J.Williams 8+4reb, D.Tintorelli 8+4reb, D.Lo Grippo 8+3reb
gschID: 237238



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 24-4 
 2. Wildcats 22-6 
 3. Hawks 13-15 
 4. Kings 12-16 
 5. Tigers 11-16 
 6. Taipans 11-17 
 7. Crocodiles 10-17 
 8. 36ers 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 22: Kings - Crocodiles 81-74
Mar. 23: Hawks - 36ers 74-64
Mar. 22: Wildcats - Breakers 73-58
Mar. 22: Taipans - Tigers 64-66
Mar. 24: Tigers - Crocodiles


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Madgen, Kings18.3 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles17.5 
 3. Flynn, Tigers17.4 
 4. Deleon, Hawks16.6 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.3 
 6. Jackson, Breakers15.6 
 7. Wilson, Taipans15.4 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats14.6 
 9. Goulding, Tigers14.6 
 10. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.1 
 2. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.5 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.3 
 5. Pledger, Breakers7.1 
 6. Knight, Wildcats6.7 
 7. Tragardh, Taipans6.6 
 8. Davidson, Hawks6.3 
 9. Scott, Tigers6.3 
 10. Petrie, 36ers6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.2 
 2. Flynn, Tigers5.9 
 3. Gibson, 36ers5.0 
 4. Ervin, Crocodiles4.3 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.4 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
 8. Deleon, Hawks3.2 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.0 
 10. Henry, Kings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Gliddon, Taipans1.3 
 4. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 5. Henry, Kings1.1 
 6. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 7. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.1 
 9. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats0.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 2. Nevill, Crocodiles1.3 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers0.9 
 4. Scott, Tigers0.8 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats0.7 
 6. Forman, Hawks0.7 
 7. Davidson, Hawks0.7 
 8. Blanchfield, Croco.0.7 
 9. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 10. Knight, Wildcats0.6 


Tigers def. Crocs in final 2012-13 regular season game - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Melbourne Tigers defeated the Townsville Crocodiles 78-70 at Hisense Arena on Sunday in the final game of the NBL regular season.

The Tigers set up their win with a dashing 28-10 opening quarter, then withstood a defence-inspired charge from the Crocs before holding their nerve down the stretch to the delight of their enthusiastic fans.

Bennie Lewis (203-G/F-87, college: Benedict) (17 points) was unstoppable early in the game, while Adam Ballinger (16 points, 7 rebounds) seemed to have an answer to every Crocs charge.

With Chris Goulding, Jonny Flynn and Lucas Walker missing with injury it was a superb effort from the Tigers to prevail backing up from Friday night's thriller in Cairns.

'We wanted to win and we expected to win no matter what anyone else said,' Tigers coach Chris Anstey said.

'I think this weekend was our best weekend, not because it was the best standard of play, but because of how we stuck together when things got tough.'

For Townsville, Ben Allen (13 points) put on a show while speedy teenager Mitch Norton (9 points) showed the Crocs' offence will be in good hands in the future.

But the current reality for Townsville and coach Paul Woolpert is their team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

'This was a very difficult season, but I think we showed a lot of character to come back from 0-10 to go 10-8 in the final 18 games. To go into the final weekend with a chance to make the playoffs says a lot about this team,' he said.

'Tonight's game was a microcosm of our season. We started about as badly as you can, then we came back and showed some character, but we failed at the end.'

Melbourne made a statement early with Matt Burston (10 points, 10 rebounds) on top in his match-up with Luke Nevill and Lewis dynamic from the perimeter.

A Nate Tomlinson (11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) triple gave the Tigers a 7-2 edge, and when Lewis nailed a three-pointer in transition the margin was 12.

Another Lewis long bomb extended the lead to 18 at the first break, but the Crocs found some defensive starch in the second quarter to force Melbourne out of their rhythm.

At the other end Norton, Allen and Todd Blanchfield all stepped up as Townsville closed to within 38-29 at half-time.

The Crocs continued to suffocate Melbourne in the third term, and when Allen hit back-to-back triples the margin was down to one.

Norton then put the visitors in front, but Ballinger and Lewis responded to give Melbourne a 50-48 lead with 10 minutes to play.

The game went up a notch in the final term with Tomlinson, Peter Crawford, Seth Scott and Gary Ervin hitting big triples, but when it came to the crunch it was Melbourne who made the key plays.

Liam Rush finished the game with an emphatic dunk to secure the Tigers' 12th win of the season, meaning they miss the playoffs by two points in their head-to-head match-up with the Sydney Kings.

'We spoke all year about small moments making a big difference, and that's exactly how this season turned out,' Anstey rued.



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Grodno-93 25-1 
 2. Sozh Gomel 18-7 
 3. Rubon 11-14 
 4. Svisloch 11-15 
Play-Out
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk II 10-16 
 2. Impuls BGUIR 10-16 
 3. Borisfen 6-22 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Championship

Mar. 22: Sozh Gomel - Svisloch 78-85
Mar. 22: Grodno-93 - Rubon 111-55

Play-Out

Mar. 23: Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen 77-67
Mar. 22: Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen 65-64

Second Stage: Round 3

Championship

Mar. 26: Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93
Mar. 26: Svisloch - Rubon

Plyay-Out

Mar. 26: Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki-Minsk II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel21.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Konate, Svisloch18.2 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.16.0 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch14.6 
 6. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.14.6 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.13.8 
 8. Indrikov, Rubon13.6 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.12.9 
 10. Konuyshenko, Gro.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maks Adam KONATE
  Svisloch
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Konate, Svisloch11.7 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.4 
 3. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.8 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.8.3 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.7.8 
 7. Sharamet, Borisfen6.5 
 8. Ignatiev, Impuls B.6.3 
 9. Dolenko, Svisloch6.1 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-936.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.6.8 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 3. Akulich, Rubon5.0 
 4. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.4.5 
 5. Dolenko, Svisloch4.5 
 6. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.0 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.4 
 8. Kryukov, Borisfen3.1 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 10. Charko, Grodno-932.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.0 
 2. Kamarunas, Tsmoki.2.7 
 3. Konate, Svisloch2.7 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.4 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.3 
 6. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.3 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.2 
 8. Tatur, Borisfen2.1 
 9. Malkov, Grodno-932.1 
 10. Indrikov, Rubon1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.0.0 
 4. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 5. Volodkin, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 7. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 9. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 10. Korneenkov, Svisl.0.0 


Premier League Round 2 (Second Stage): Impuls BGUIR edges Borisfen by one point - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Premier League.

Third-ranked Borisfen (6-22) made lots of trouble for second ranked Impuls BGUIR (10-16) in Minsk on Friday. Impuls BGUIR managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Borisfen won fourth quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Impuls BGUIR won last quarter 14-15. They also forced 20 Borisfen turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Impuls BGUIR maintains second position in League with 10-16 record having fifteen points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Borisfen keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Impuls BGUIR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Tsmoki-Minsk II.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sozh Gomel (18-7) against fourth ranked Svisloch (11-15) on Friday night. Host Sozh Gomel was defeated by Svisloch in a tough game in Gomel 78-85. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Oleksandr Dolenko contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) replied with 18 points and 4 assists for Sozh Gomel. Svisloch maintains fourth position in League with 11-15 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Svisloch will play against higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Grodno. First ranked Grodno-93 faced 3rd ranked Rubon. Host Grodno-93 (25-1) smashed guests from Vitebsk (11-14) 111-55. Artem Syrovatko had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Viktar Ilyukevich responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Grodno-93 maintains first position in League with 25-1 record. Loser Rubon keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rubon will play against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Minsk. Second ranked Impuls BGUIR faced one of their biggest challengers Borisfen. Host Impuls BGUIR (10-16) defeated guests from Mogilev (6-22) 77-67. Yuriy Ignatiev notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Impuls BGUIR maintains second position in League with 10-16 record having fifteen points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Borisfen keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Impuls BGUIR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Tsmoki-Minsk II.


Group Championship
Sozh Gomel - Svisloch 78-85

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sozh Gomel (18-7) against fourth ranked Svisloch (11-15) on Friday night. Host Sozh Gomel was defeated by Svisloch in a tough game in Gomel 78-85. Sozh Gomel was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Svisloch, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Sozh Gomel's 28. Svisloch had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Svisloch players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) replied with 18 points and 4 assists and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sozh Gomel. Svisloch maintains fourth position in League with 11-15 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Svisloch will play against higher ranked Rubon (#3) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play at home against the league's leader Grodno-93 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: O.Dolenko 17+7reb+2ast, D.Shilovich 16+7reb+2ast, M.Adam Konate 14+14reb+3ast, P.Shuleyko 13+3reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 8+4reb+3ast, A.Hrumiantsau 8+1reb
Sozh Gomel: S.Charykau 18+4reb+4ast, K.Sitnik 15+5reb+1ast, S.Miakinin 13+3reb+2ast, I.Kaliayev 9+5reb, S.Dadukin 7+10reb+1ast, P.Bliznets 6+4reb
gschID: 235423


Grodno-93 - Rubon 111-55

An exciting game was played in Grodno. First ranked Grodno-93 faced 3rd ranked Rubon. Host Grodno-93 (25-1) smashed guests from Vitebsk (11-14) 111-55. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rubon to just 7 points in second quarter. Grodno-93 dominated down low during the game scoring 90 of its points in the paint compared to Rubon's 28. Grodno-93 forced 24 Rubon turnovers and outrebounded them 51-25 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Rubon's players. Center Artem Syrovatko (207-90) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Andrei Mastou (202-84) chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Viktar Ilyukevich (203-94) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Ivan Aladka (186-95) scored 17 points. Grodno-93 maintains first position in League with 25-1 record. Loser Rubon keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rubon will play against Svisloch in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: A.Syrovatko 24+11reb+1ast, A.Malkov 17+3reb+3ast, I.Konuyshenko 14+2reb+4ast, K.Yafremov 13+6reb+1ast, V.Bliznyuk 11+6reb, A.Mastou 10+10reb+6ast
Rubon: I.Aladka 17+2reb+1ast, V.Ilyukevich 12+8reb+2ast, Y.Patupchyk 10+3reb+2ast, A.Kachan 6+3reb+2ast, V.Zelenya 6+8reb+1ast, A.Rudakov 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 235422


Group Play-Out
Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen 77-67

An exciting game was played in Minsk. Second ranked Impuls BGUIR faced one of their biggest challengers Borisfen. Host Impuls BGUIR (10-16) defeated guests from Mogilev (6-22) 77-67. Borisfen was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Borisfen 38-26 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Denis Azaare (196-92) supported him with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 11 points and 5 assists by guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) did not help to save the game for Borisfen. Center Artsiom Sharamet (207-93) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Five Impuls BGUIR and four Borisfen players scored in double figures. Borisfen's coach Rostislav Vergun rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Impuls BGUIR maintains second position in League with 10-16 record having fifteen points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Borisfen keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Impuls BGUIR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Tsmoki-Minsk II.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: K.Volodkin 19+5reb, H.Zakhar 14+6reb+3ast, Y.Ignatiev 14+10reb+3ast, A.Kuzmitski 11+6reb+1ast, D.Azaare 11+8reb+6ast, K.Stsiapanau 4+1reb
Borisfen: A.Aheyenka 14+2reb, V.Haidukevich 12+2reb, S.Tatur 11+4reb+5ast, A.Sharamet 10+9reb, G.Usovich 7+5reb, F.Kryukov 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 235425


Impuls BGUIR - Borisfen 65-64

Third-ranked Borisfen (6-22) made lots of trouble for second ranked Impuls BGUIR (10-16) in Minsk on Friday. Impuls BGUIR managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Borisfen won fourth quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Impuls BGUIR won last quarter 14-15. They also forced 20 Borisfen turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Yuriy Ignatiev (198-91) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Evgeniy Kopylov (199-91) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Impuls BGUIR maintains second position in League with 10-16 record having fifteen points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Borisfen keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Impuls BGUIR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Tsmoki-Minsk II.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: Y.Ignatiev 20+14reb+1ast, K.Volodkin 12+4reb+4ast, A.Kuzmitski 9+3reb+1ast, A.Papruha 8+1reb, D.Azaare 5+5reb+5ast, A.Matveyeu 4+5reb
Borisfen: E.Kopylov 21+6reb+1ast, S.Tatur 19+9reb+2ast, A.Sharamet 11+9reb, A.Poljakov 4+2reb+1ast, V.Haidukevich 4+1reb+3ast, A.Aheyenka 3+1reb
gschID: 235424



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Oostende 15-7 
 2. Spirou 14-7 
 3. M.Hainaut 14-8 
 4. Aalstar 14-8 
 5. Antwerp 12-10 
 6. Leuven 7-14 
 7. Liege 7-15 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 21: Spirou - Aalstar 91-86
Mar. 22: Liege - Leuven 80-66
Mar. 22: M.Hainaut - Antwerp 79-86
Mar. 23: Verviers-Pep. - Oostende 67-87

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 5: Spirou - Verviers-Pep.
Apr. 6: Leuven - M.Hainaut
Apr. 6: Oostende - Liege
Apr. 6: Antwerp - Aalstar


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Walsh, Spirou18.9 
 2. Thompson, Aalstar18.6 
 3. Raivio, Aalstar18.0 
 4. Randle, Spirou17.5 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.7 
 6. Aleksandrov, Vervi.16.7 
 7. Mukubu, Liege16.6 
 8. Robinson, Leuven16.5 
 9. Green, Verviers.16.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou9.7 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende7.0 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut6.9 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 5. Thondique, Antwerp6.5 
 6. Tofi, Aalstar6.5 
 7. Wright, Oostende6.0 
 8. Aska, Leuven5.9 
 9. Mukubu, Liege5.9 
 10. Ferguson, Vervier.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 3. Bosco, Liege4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.2 
 5. Randle, Spirou3.9 
 6. Thompson, Aalstar3.7 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar3.6 
 8. Black, Antwerp3.6 
 9. Walsh, Spirou3.5 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Liege2.1 
 4. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Randle, Spirou1.8 
 7. Bostic, M.Hainaut1.8 
 8. Black, Antwerp1.8 
 9. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 10. Green, Verviers.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.2 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.1 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.1 
 4. Ferguson, Verviers.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 7. Love, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Williamson, Liege0.7 
 9. Thondique, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Randle, M.Hainaut0.5 


Belfius Mons-Hainaut is defeated by Antwerp Giants - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Quaregnon between second ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-8) and fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (12-10) on Friday night. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Antwerp Giants in a tough game at home 79-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) scored 21 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Yannick Driesen (215-88) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) responded with 26 points (made all of his eight free throws). Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-10 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Aalstar. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-8) against fourth ranked Spirou Charleroi (14-7) on Thursday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Spirou Charleroi in a tough game in Charleroi 86-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) notched 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Justin Hamilton supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 30 points and 4 assists by Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to second place. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with M.Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi will play against bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Okapi Aalstar will play against Antwerp Giants (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Verviers supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Base Oostende (15-7) played at the court of 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-18). Base Oostende did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 87-67 on Saturday. Wesley Wilkinson fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chris Ferguson produced 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Base Oostende will meet at home Liege Basket (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Leuven Bears (7-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Liege Basket (7-15). Liege Basket defeated Leuven Bears 80-66. Worth to mention a great performance of Gary Ware who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Leuven Bears' coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liege Basket maintains seventh position with 7-15 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Liege Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Base Oostende on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.



Verviers-Pep. - Oostende 67-87

The game in Verviers supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Base Oostende (15-7) played at the court of 8th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-18). Base Oostende did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 87-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Base Oostende led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while VOO Verviers-Pepinster only scored five points from the stripe. American Wesley Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Chris Ferguson (206-89, college: Mid-Continent) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Base Oostende and four VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Base Oostende will meet at home Liege Basket (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Drobnjak 17+2reb+3ast, B.Wright 15+3reb+1ast, W.Wilkinson 14+8reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 13+3reb+1ast, J.Salumu 11+1reb+1ast, M.Stojic 6+2ast
Verviers-Pep.: C.Ferguson 16+6reb, M.Zakharov 14+4reb+1ast, S.Moris 12+7reb, S.Maio 10+2ast, D.Tubak 5+6reb, B.Lemaire 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 187332


M.Hainaut - Antwerp 79-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Quaregnon between second ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-8) and fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (12-10) on Friday night. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Antwerp Giants in a tough game at home 79-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) scored 21 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Yannick Driesen (215-88) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Driesen is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) responded with 26 points (made all of his eight free throws) and his fellow American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) scored 17 points. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-10 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Aalstar. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Moors 21+2reb+2ast, Y.Driesen 15+7reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 14+4reb+3ast, J.Mwema 12+5reb, G.Thondique 9+5reb, R.Biggs 6+4reb
M.Hainaut: J.Bostic 26+4reb, Q.Taylor 17+2reb+3ast, J.Cage 12+2reb, B.Qvale 9+5reb, A.Libert 8+2reb+4ast, G.Muya 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 187331


Liege - Leuven 80-66

The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Leuven Bears (7-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Liege Basket (7-15). Liege Basket defeated Leuven Bears 80-66. It looked good early as Leuven Bears took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Liege Basket had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and Leuven Bears were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Leuven Bears. Five Liege Basket and four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears' coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liege Basket maintains seventh position with 7-15 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Liege Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Base Oostende on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Liege: G.Ware 18+8reb, C.Banks 12+5reb+2ast, W.Boss Mukubu 12+5reb+5ast, A.Williamson 11+8reb, P.Gillet 10+5reb, G.Hockins 10+1reb
Leuven: N.Marnegrave 18+6reb+6ast, B.Burgess 15+4reb+1ast, G.Robinson 13+1reb+1ast, I.Hanavan 10+9reb+1ast, I.Aska 8+8reb, T.Smith 2+4reb
gschID: 187330


Spirou - Aalstar 91-86

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-8) against fourth ranked Spirou Charleroi (14-7) on Thursday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Spirou Charleroi in a tough game in Charleroi 86-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-21 Okapi Aalstar's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-86 at the end of the game. Spirou Charleroi made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Spirou Charleroi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) notched 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Justin Hamilton (190-80, college: Florida) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Even 30 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) by Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. Guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) added 25 points for lost side. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to second place. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with M.Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi will play against bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Okapi Aalstar will play against Antwerp Giants (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: J.Randle 17+2reb+2ast, D.Allen 16+4reb, J.Hamilton 16+5reb+5ast, D.Green 14+7reb+5ast, A.Riddick 8+6reb+2ast, S.Massot 6+3reb
Aalstar: D.Raivio 30+4reb+4ast, R.Thompson 25+3reb+2ast, L.Cummard 10+8reb+2ast, J.Tofi 8+7reb, T.Dreesen 6+2reb, C.Young 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 187329



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  BOSNIA   


Adriatic League: Igokea upset Cibona in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Igokea 78:87

Igokea earned a road win in Zagreb tonight to clinch the regular season crown. The Bosnian team finished the regular season at 20-6 record. Cibona slipped at 9-17 record after the defeat.
Cibona led by three points after ten minutes of action 22:19. But Igokea used a strong 27:14 rally in the second frame to spur ahead. The teams traded baskets throughout highly intensive third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 10 points 71:61. Cibona managed just 17 points in the final frame and had to surrender at the end. Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 23 points for the winners. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 16 points, while Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) contributed 9 points each for the visitors. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points for Cibona. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) had 16 points in the loss.

Cibona: Andrija Zizic 20, Jerel Blassingame 16
Igokea: Branko Jorovic 23, Corsley Edwards 16, Marko Brkic 9, Sinisa Stemberger 9



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  BRAZIL   


Liga Americas: Brasilia bounce back with win over Sao Jose/Unimed - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB - Sao Jose/Unimed 82:61

Uniceub/BRB posted the opening win at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. They knocked down Sao Jose/Unimed for 1-1 record in Group E. Alirio Alves (208-C-77) stepped up with 20 points for the winners.
Uniceub/BRB surged ahead early in the game. They cleared off to a 13-point advantage at the first break 21:8. Brasilia kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the second quarter. Uniceub/BRB piled up a 41:26 halftime lead. The Brazilian champions recorded an 18-point advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Sao Jose/Unimed managed just 14 points in the final quarter as Uniceub/BRB coasted to the win at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) provided 13 points in the win. Fulvio de Assis (186-PG-81) answered with 19 points for Sao Jose/Unimed. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) chipped in 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the loss.

Uniceub/BRB: Alirio Alves 20, Alex Ribeiro 16, Welington Dos Santos 13
Sao Jose/Unimed: Fulvio de Assis 19, Murilo Becker 15



Liga Americas: Sao Jose/Unimed edge Pioneros - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Unimed - Pioneros 70:66

Sao Jose/Unimed registered the first win at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. They shot down Pioneros in Cancun to take 1-0 record in Group E. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) netted 15 points each for the winners.
Pioneros led by three points after the opening quarter. The Mexican team stretched the lead in the second frame. They gained a 42:36 halftime lead. But Sao Jose/Unimed took over after the big break. The Brazilian team stiffened their defence and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Sao Jose/Unimed went on a 20:14 rally in the fourth frame and sneaked to a narrow win at the end. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) posted 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) and Mike Williams (201-F/C-85, college: Cincinnati) had 17 points each in the loss.

Sao Jose/Unimed: Dede Stefanelli 15, Jefferson Antonio 15, Murilo Becker 10+10 boards
Pioneros: Akeem Scott 17, Mike Williams 17



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BD Basketball Returns This Month - by David Edole

Excitement is in the air as the VI BD Basketball Association prepares to host their 4th Annual District King League, which is set to start on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town from 11:00 am.

This year's league is being held in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Culture, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and the BVI Basketball Federation. The league is powered by Onemart Superstore, Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Hon. Myron Walwyn and MVW International.

VI BD Basketball is aimed at encouraging kids to get involved in the sport. During the league, kids will participate in four divisions, namely the 10 & under, 11 to 13, 14 to 16 and 17 to 18.

Games are played throughout the Territory within the nine districts, providing an opportunity for all to witness the games.

President of the VI BD Basketball Association, Brian 'Bash' Brewley is encouraging the community to come out and support the youth as they participate in positive action.

"Too often we hear about our children not having enough activities to participate in, but our BD Basketball League is the perfect opportunity for children to participate in sports. It also provides a great way for them to learn so much about their own personal development, like teamwork, while at the same time exercising their mind and their body. As a community we need to come as one and cheer our young ones and encourage them, especially when they are making the right moves," Brewley stated.

He welcomed the support from various parents over the past three years and believes that more parents can attend the games.

Brewley thanked the members of his committee for their commitment to the league.

"Basketball can only continue to grow in the Territory if we teach the younger persons about the sport. VI BD Basketball program is a good way to impart the fundamental skills which they will use in the future. Without a good foundation, we can't move forward and I am happy with the support of my committee. I want to also thank current and past players who have assisted with the league," Brewely stated.

Last year, District 9 won the 10 & under and 14 to 16 division championship trophies, while for the 11 to 13 division, District 4 took top honours.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 20-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 18-4 
 3. Rilski Sportist 15-7 
 4. Balkan 14-8 
 5. Tundja Yambol 11-11 
 6. Beroe 9-13 
 7. Chernomorets 9-13 
 8. Cherno More 8-14 
 9. Spartak Pleven 5-17 
 10. U20 1-21 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 23: Spartak Pleven - Levski Sofia 85-92
Mar. 23: Beroe - Chernomorets 82-94
Mar. 23: Balkan - Tundja Yambol 79-74
Mar. 23: U20 - Rilski Sportist 73-72
Mar. 23: Cherno More - Lukoil Academik 71-112

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 29: Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist
Apr. 3: Balkan - Chernomorets
Apr. 3: Beroe - U20
Apr. 3: Lukoil Academik - Tundja Yambol
Apr. 3: Cherno More - Spartak Pleven


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Holmes, Beroe20.9 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.9 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.7 
 4. Smith, Rilski S.17.4 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.17.1 
 6. Marinovic, Levski16.8 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.6 
 8. Marintchechk., Spa.15.7 
 9. Milosevic, Tundja15.7 
 10. Green, Lukoil A.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.5 
 2. Milosevic, Tundja9.7 
 3. Galiotos, Cherno M.9.2 
 4. Santos, Balkan9.2 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.7.5 
 6. Vrcelj, Cherno M.7.2 
 7. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.9 
 8. Gugino, Rilski S.6.9 
 9. Agre, Spartak6.8 
 10. Simeonov, U206.6 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Walker, Beroe7.1 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.6 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.5 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.4 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.5 
 6. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.3 
 7. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.2 
 8. Massamba, Lukoil A.4.2 
 9. Velikov, Cherno M.4.1 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Walker, Beroe2.4 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.3 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 4. Green, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.2.1 
 6. Gugino, Rilski S.2.0 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 9. Kostov, Levski S.1.9 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.3.0 
 2. Dupree, Rilski S.1.4 
 3. Hart, Beroe1.4 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.1.3 
 5. Santos, Balkan1.1 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.8 
 9. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.8 
 10. Radev, Beroe0.7 


NBL Round 22: Rilski Sportist is upset by U20 - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Sofia between third ranked Rilski Sportist (15-7) and tenth ranked U20 (1-21) on Saturday night. Rilski Sportist was edged by U20 in a tough game on the road 72-73. Rilski Sportist was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. U20 forced 19 Rilski Sportist turnovers. Center Velislav Galabov (207-94) fired 14 points for the winners. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. U20's coach Lyubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Newly promoted U20 maintains tenth position with 1-21 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. U20 are looking forward to face higher ranked Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia having rather not much hope for a victory.
Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-14) 112-71 in Varna. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Veselin Veselinov contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Euroins Cherno More. Euroins Cherno More's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lukoil Academik (20-2) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Euroins Cherno More lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Tundja Yambol (#5) at home in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chernomorets defeated Beroe in Burgas 94-82. Balkan beat Tundja Yambol at home 79-74. Levski Sofia won against Spartak Pleven on the opponent's court 92-85.


Beroe - Chernomorets 82-94

There was a minor upset in Stara Zagora where 6th ranked Beroe (9-13) was defeated by eighth ranked Chernomorets (9-13) 94-82. The game was mostly controlled by Chernomorets. Beroe was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chernomorets shot 62.1 percent from the field. Chernomorets outrebounded Beroe 39-28 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Chernomorets players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center James Tyler (218-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Bogdan Boev (196-82) contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Will Walker (183-87, college: De Paul) replied with 14 points, 7 assists and 6 steals and his fellow American import center Mitchell Carter (208-100, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Beroe. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chernomorets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Beroe. Chernomorets will play against higher ranked Balkan (#4) in Botevgrad in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Beroe will play at home against U20 in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Beroe: M.Carter 18+5reb, B.Bakovic 14+7reb+1ast, W.Walker 14+2reb+7ast, B.Milenkov 12+2reb+1ast, M.Hart 9+4reb, R.Holmes 7+1reb+2ast
Chernomorets: B.Boev 24+2reb+5ast, J.Tyler 19+11reb+1ast, I.Slavchev 15+4reb, K.Raykov 9+7reb+2ast, K.Koev 9+4reb+5ast, P.Rakovic 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 233928


Balkan - Tundja Yambol 79-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Balkan's (14-8) home victory over 5th ranked Tundja Yambol (11-11) 79-74. Tundja Yambol was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 43-36 second half run of Balkan. They made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while Tundja Yambol only scored seven points from the stripe. Tundja Yambol was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds and the former international point guard Julian Radionov (187-79) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tundja Yambol. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Balkan maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. Tundja Yambol lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Balkan will play against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round. Tundja Yambol will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: S.Govedarov 16+2reb+3ast, F.Vukosavljevic 15+5reb, J.Radionov 15+6reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 10+17reb+2ast, M.Durchev 7+3reb+7ast, S.Petkov 4
Balkan: J.Bozov 26+4reb+2ast, A.Santos 13+8reb+2ast, U.Petrovic 10+4reb+1ast, S.Marinov 9+6reb+4ast, S.Slaveykov 5+4reb, M.Marinov 5+4reb
gschID: 233927


U20 - Rilski Sportist 73-72

The most important game in the last round took place in Sofia between third ranked Rilski Sportist (15-7) and tenth ranked U20 (1-21) on Saturday night. Rilski Sportist was edged by U20 in a tough game on the road 72-73. Rilski Sportist was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. U20 forced 19 Rilski Sportist turnovers. Center Velislav Galabov (207-94) fired 14 points for the winners. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. U20's coach Lyubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (203-89, college: USF) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Newly promoted U20 maintains tenth position with 1-21 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. U20 are looking forward to face higher ranked Beroe (#6) in Stara Zagora in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: A.Caloiaro 24+8reb+5ast, B.Mirkovic 14+5reb+6ast, B.Dupree 12+2reb+1ast, T.Gugino 7+6reb+2ast, E.Binev 7+2reb, S.Vaklinov 4+3reb
U20: A.Natskin 14+2reb+1ast, V.Galabov 14+4reb+2ast, N.Grozev 12+4reb+1ast, A.Simeonov 9+7reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 8+2reb+5ast, T.Tenchev 5+7reb+4ast
gschID: 233926


Spartak Pleven - Levski Sofia 85-92

Very expected game when 9th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-17) was defeated at home by second ranked Levski Sofia (18-4) 92-85. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Spartak Pleven won second period 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak Pleven was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) added 17 points in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Four Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 18-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More (#8) in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: D.Marintchechki 27+13reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 17+3reb+3ast, R.Sofroniev 12+2reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 10+4reb+7ast, I.Stankov 8+1reb+3ast, A.Dyakovski 6+3reb+2ast
Levski Sofia: M.Pantic 27+11reb, M.Marinovic 26+4reb+4ast, N.Varbanov 8, Z.Georgiev 8+3reb+4ast, D.Anguelov 7+6reb+1ast, H.Dimitrov 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 233925


Cherno More - Lukoil Academik 71-112

Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-14) 112-71 in Varna. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.1 percent from the field and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Euroins Cherno More's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international forward Veselin Veselinov (201-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. Euroins Cherno More's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lukoil Academik (20-2) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Euroins Cherno More lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Tundja Yambol (#5) at home in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Spartak Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: L.Hall 19+7reb+6ast, T.Zhelev 14+4reb+1ast, V.Kyosev 13+7reb+1ast, D.Vutev 8+3reb+1ast, M.Borisov 6+4reb+2ast, L.Vrcelj 5+4reb+1ast
Lukoil Academik: D.Haritopoulos 23+4reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 21+5reb+3ast, T.Stoykov 18+1ast, D.Watkins 14+8reb+2ast, P.Marinov 13+2reb+4ast, B.Avramov 12+1reb+5ast
gschID: 233924



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

DPB Standings
 1. Bambuqueros 14-3 
 2. Bucaros 12-5 
 3. Academia 10-7 
 4. Piratas 9-8 
 5. Once Caldas 8-9 
 6. Aguilas 6-11 
 7. Caribbean Heat 6-11 
 8. Halcones 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Mar. 22: Caribbean Heat - Once Caldas 83-67
Mar. 22: Academia - Piratas 80-78
Mar. 22: Bucaros - Aguilas 76-67
Mar. 22: Bambuqueros - Halcones 102-82

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 25: Bucaros - Piratas
Mar. 25: Aguilas - Academia
Mar. 25: Bambuqueros - Once Caldas
Mar. 25: Halcones - Caribbean Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone RAYSON
  Aguilas
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Rayson, Aguilas23.5 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros21.9 
 3. Chavez Jacob., Ac.21.2 
 4. Johnson, Piratas19.7 
 5. Brooks, Bucaros18.7 
 6. Culver, Caribbea.18.2 
 7. Bradford, Caribb.18.1 
 8. Gilbert, Bucaros17.9 
 9. Garris, Once Caldas17.6 
 10. Nelson, Halcones17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeffrey FAHNBULLEH
  Piratas
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Fahnbulleh, Piratas12.0 
 2. Hernandez, Bucaros10.6 
 3. Blue, Academia9.6 
 4. Culver, Caribbea.8.1 
 5. Rayson, Aguilas7.0 
 6. Wilkins, Once Cald.6.7 
 7. Truscott, Halcones6.6 
 8. Burnett, Halcones6.1 
 9. Arteaga, Piratas6.0 
 10. Cortes, Once Cal.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eddy MAYFIELD
  Aguilas
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Mayfield, Aguilas5.7 
 2. Moreno, Piratas5.4 
 3. Brooks, Bucaros5.1 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.4.9 
 5. Chavez Jacob., Ac.4.6 
 6. Nelson, Halcones3.3 
 7. Garcia, Aguilas3.2 
 8. Bradford, Caribb.3.1 
 9. Dayee, Once Caldas3.1 
 10. Londono, Academia2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Piratas
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moreno, Piratas2.2 
 2. Ortiz, Bambuqueros2.2 
 3. Mayfield, Aguilas1.9 
 4. Dorsey, Bambuque.1.9 
 5. Garris, Once Caldas1.6 
 6. Londono, Academia1.4 
 7. Corpus, Aguilas1.3 
 8. Chavez Jacob., Ac.1.2 
 9. Mendez, Piratas1.2 
 10. Velez, Bucaros1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Bucaros
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hernandez, Bucaros0.9 
 2. Cuero, Aguilas0.8 
 3. Perez, Bambuqueros0.8 
 4. Farley, Academia0.7 
 5. Aguaslimpias, Acad.0.6 
 6. Blue, Academia0.6 
 7. Burnett, Halcones0.6 
 8. Mayfield, Aguilas0.5 
 9. Cortes, Once Cald.0.5 
 10. Aragon, Academia0.5 


PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION DAY 17- RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Two sides of the history, while Bambuqueros keeps winning and taking a long distance at the top, Halcones hopes to get a place among the top six teams are falling.
A powerfull first half with a 38 points first quarter was enough for Bambuqueros to get the victory in Neiva against the Halcones, playing without Stalin Ortiz the leaders had Darrin Dorsey (188-PG, college: Dakota Wesleyan) leading the offensive with 26 pts, Joseph Dunn added 20 pts his season high, the arrival of the veteran Richard Jeter did not change the things in Cucuta looks like the team is having internal problems, Jose Lopez had 23 pts for Halcones.
Bambuqueros Utrahuilca 102 - D. Dorsey 26pts, J. Dunn 20pts.
Halcones de Cucuta 80 -
J. Lopez 23pts, R. Jeter 16pts.

Caribbean Heat survived of a bad start to found new energy in the second quarter and defeat the shorthanded Manizales OC 83 67 in Cartagena, the OC without a true center after the injuries of Hinestroza and Cassiani did not found a way to stop the size of Heat center Patrick Culver, the big guy finished the night with 24 pts , Jorry Downs added 22 more.
Manizales Antoine Jordan again leaded the way with 19 pts, while Justin Garris made 13, The OC falls to the 5th place in the standings, two games ahead fo the Heat and the Aguilas.
Caribbean Heat 83 - P. Culver 24 pts, J. Downs 22
Manizales OC 67 - A. Jordan 19 pts, J. Garris 13 pts

Norbey Aragon was the hero making the last basket to win Academias game , Piratas fought hard Edgar Moreno had his best game of the season with 22 pts and 11 assits and keep his team close until the last position, Academia was leaded by Cesar Chavez with 27 pts, Desmond Blue had a personal duel in the paint with Jeff Fahnbulleh, Blue had 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Fahnbulleh answered with 15 pts and 15 rebounds.
Academia de la Montana 80 - C. Chavez 27 pts, D. Blue 14 pts + 13 rebs.
Piratas de Bogota 78 - E. Moreno 22 pts + 11 asists, J. Fahnbulle 15 pts + 15 assits

Aguilas de Tunja fall for the third straight time and was also the 4 loss in the last 5 games for the newcomers, this time against the Bukaros and Aguilas is actually in the 7th place of the standings out of the qualification zone.
Aguilas de Tunja 67
Bukaros Freskaleche 76




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Adriatic League: Igokea upset Cibona in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Igokea 78:87

Igokea earned a road win in Zagreb tonight to clinch the regular season crown. The Bosnian team finished the regular season at 20-6 record. Cibona slipped at 9-17 record after the defeat.
Cibona led by three points after ten minutes of action 22:19. But Igokea used a strong 27:14 rally in the second frame to spur ahead. The teams traded baskets throughout highly intensive third quarter. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 10 points 71:61. Cibona managed just 17 points in the final frame and had to surrender at the end. Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 23 points for the winners. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 16 points, while Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) contributed 9 points each for the visitors. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points for Cibona. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) had 16 points in the loss.

Cibona: Andrija Zizic 20, Jerel Blassingame 16
Igokea: Branko Jorovic 23, Corsley Edwards 16, Marko Brkic 9, Sinisa Stemberger 9



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Group A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 27-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 19-10 
 3. BK Pardubice 18-11 
 4. NH Ostrava 18-12 
 5. BC Kolin 17-13 
 6. BK Decin 17-13 
Group A2
 1. Levice 18-15 
 2. USK Praha 15-18 
 3. B&W Opava 13-20 
 4. Chomutov 12-21 
 5. Svitavy 10-23 
 6. J.Hradec 10-23 
 7. Usti n/Labem 9-23 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

A1

Mar. 20: BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 86-73
Mar. 23: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 82-88
Mar. 23: BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 82-72
Mar. 20: BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 65-67

A2

Mar. 20: USK Praha - J.Hradec 99-87
Mar. 23: B&W Opava - Chomutov 90-69
Mar. 20: Chomutov - Levice 71-85
Mar. 23: Levice - USK Praha 70-65
Mar. 24: J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec19.6 
 2. Bolds, BC Kolin18.3 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy17.8 
 4. Meno, USK Praha17.3 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.0 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava17.0 
 7. Fields, Levice16.8 
 8. Reese, Usti n.16.6 
 9. Zabas, BK Pardubi.16.1 
 10. Glover, Chomutov15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Fields, Chomutov9.8 
 2. Meno, USK Praha9.2 
 3. Tomanec, J.Hradec8.9 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.7.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.6 
 6. Kohout, BK Prost.7.3 
 7. Bolds, BC Kolin7.0 
 8. Deloach, Svitavy7.0 
 9. Reese, Usti n.6.7 
 10. Simmons, Levice6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  BC Kolin
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ubilla, BC Kolin6.0 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava5.7 
 3. Ames, NH Ostrava5.6 
 4. Deloach, Svitavy4.5 
 5. Carter, CEZ N.4.5 
 6. Glover, Chomutov4.4 
 7. Kemp, Levice4.3 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 9. Sotnar, USK Praha4.0 
 10. Pope, BK Decin3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.8 
 2. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.0 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 6. Ubilla, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Reese, Usti n.1.7 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Fields, Chomutov1.0 
 4. Mroz, Svitavy0.9 
 5. Simmons, Levice0.9 
 6. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 7. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 9. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Santa Cruz W. 30-13 
 2. Canton C. 27-18 
 3. Maine RC 24-23 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 23-21 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 23-21 
 6. Erie Bay H. 23-22 
 7. Springfield A. 17-27 
 8. Iowa E. 11-34 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 31-13 
 2. Rio Grande VV 28-15 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 25-18 
 4. Austin T. 24-19 
 5. Los Angeles D. 19-25 
 6. Texas L. 19-26 
 7. Idaho S. 15-29 
 8. Reno B. 14-29 

Regular Season: Round 63

Mar. 23: Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 93-85
Mar. 23: Santa Cruz W. - Texas L. 93-82
Mar. 23: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 83-112
Mar. 23: Sioux Falls S. - Canton C. 117-111 2OT
Mar. 23: Reno B. - Idaho S. 111-115
Mar. 23: Springfield A. - Maine RC 108-115
Mar. 23: Erie Bay H. - Rio Grande VV 104-105

Regular Season: Round 64

Mar. 24: Austin T. - Iowa E.
Mar. 24: Ft.Wayne MA - Rio Grande VV
Mar. 24: Reno B. - Texas L.
Mar. 24: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D.
Mar. 26: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 26: Santa Cruz W. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Texas L.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Dentmon, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 3. Mitchell, Ft.Wayne.20.3 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.20.2 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Goudelock, Rio G.20.1 
 7. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 8. Jones, Rio G.19.2 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Texas L.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Jones, Texas L.12.4 
 2. Harangody, Ft.Wayn.11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.7 
 4. Samuels, Reno B.10.7 
 5. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.10.1 
 7. Varnado, Sioux F.9.6 
 8. Onuaku, Canton C.9.5 
 9. Wright, Maine RC9.1 
 10. Jones, Rio G.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andre BARRETT
  Maine RC
  (175-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barrett, Maine RC7.7 
 2. Russell, Reno B.7.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC7.5 
 4. Fortson, Los A.7.1 
 5. Wright, Iowa E.7.0 
 6. Quinn, Tulsa 66ers6.1 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.6.1 
 8. Machado, Rio G.6.1 
 9. Goudelock, Rio G.6.0 
 10. Singletary, Texas5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin HOLIDAY
  Idaho S.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Holiday, Idaho S.2.4 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 5. Leslie, Santa C.1.9 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.1.9 
 7. Hannah, Santa C.1.9 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Greene, Los A.1.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Canton1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.5 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.2 
 3. Jordan, Reno B.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Orton, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Whiteside, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Armstrong, Santa C.2.1 
 10. Williams, Texas L.2.0 


Seven games recap from Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Idaho S. 111-115
Carlon Brown scored 27 points off the bench in 31:30 off the bench on 9-of-14 shooting and the Idaho Stampede beat the Reno Bighorns 115-111. Durrell Summers (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) added 16 points for the Stampede (15-29). Idaho shot 50.6 percent from the floor, while Reno shot exactly 50 percent in the back-and-forth game. There were 10 lead changes and seven times tied. Idaho used a 41-18 third quarter to take the game, making as many field goals (15) as Reno attempted. Idaho forced five Bighorns turnovers in the third quarter, scoring 12 points off those mistakes. Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82, college: Boise St.) had eight points and 16 rebounds, Sean Evans had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Justin Harper and Justin Holiday each had 14 points. Holiday's streak of games with two or more steals came to an end at 16. Reno (14-29) saw three scorers reach at least 20 points, with Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) and Desmon Farmer (6'5''-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: USC) netting 21 points apiece, while Samardo Samuels scored 20 points and had nine rebounds. Dar Tucker added 18. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Santa Cruz W. - Texas L. 93-82
It wasn't as if Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) was taking bad shots in the first half. They just simply weren't falling for him. But following the Santa Cruz Warriors' 93-82 playoff-clinching victory over the Texas Legends on Saturday night, few from the capacity crowd at Kaiser Permanente Arena will remember his offensive struggles through three quarters. "I just needed to get rolling," Tyler said afterward. Limited to just 1 of 8 shooting heading into the fourth quarter, the Warriors center exploded in the final stanza for 16 of his team-high 18 points to lead Santa Cruz in a come-from-behind victory over Texas. The recently acquired post player, who said he hadn't played in about a month following his release from the Atlanta Hawks, scored on a put-back dunk with a little more than nine minutes remaining in regulation. He then continued to score the next eight points for Santa Cruz, including a hook shot from inside and a 16-foot jumper -- two shots that seemingly weren't falling for the center in the first half. "I wouldn't say solid," Tyler said of his performance after the game. "I had a terrible, terrible first half." Tyler said the difference in his game was that he slowed down and stayed patient. He was 7 of 8 from the field in the fourth quarter. "I was anticipating things too much," he said. "I needed to let the game come to me instead of coming out and chasing it." "In the second half," he later added, "we came out with more intensity." Nothing was more intense than Tyler's monster put-back dunks. He had three of them in the fourth quarter following Santa Cruz misses, while his two-handed slam off an inside dish from Daniel Nwaelele (6'5''-G-84, college: Air Force) with 6:30 remaining supplied the Warriors with the lead for good. "We just wanted him to be a little more patient on offense," said Santa Cruz coach Nate Bjorkgren, who felt Tyler's ability to rebound and run the floor helped him settle down later in the game. "He tries really hard," Bjorkgren added. Saturday's victory ensures basketball will be played in Santa Cruz following the regular-season finale on April 6. And the Warriors (30-13) still have time to improve upon their playoff seeding, too. The team trails West Division leader Bakersfield (31-13) by a half game in the standings (the two teams will finish the regular season with back-to-back games). But while it was believed Santa Cruz owned a playoff-clinching tiebreaker situation after Friday's win against Idaho, Saturday's win guarantees a berth. The Warriors will host the Idaho Stampede on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network. Monday is 'Public Safety Night,' where the Warriors will honor the community's public safety officials and hold a special halftime ceremony remembering Sgt. Butch Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler. Nwaelele finished with 17 points off the bench for Santa Cruz, while Hilton Armstrong added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cameron Jones finished with 12 points to go along with five steals. Texas was led by Solomon Bozeman (6'1''-PG-87, college: UALR)'s 19 points, while Dwayne Jones finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Fred House had 16 points behind three 3-pointers. It was House's hot shooting from behind the arc that gave the Legends the lead in the third quarter. Texas led 69-63 with 12 minutes remaining, and appeared to be in control after the Warriors displayed a stagnant offense for two straight quarters. But Tyler, who finished with a double-double with 17 rebounds, took over inside and shifted the momentum in Santa Cruz's favor at the right time. Stefhon Hannah's huge 3-pointer with six minutes left continued the onslaught for Santa Cruz, which outscored Texas 30-13 in the fourth quarter. The Legends were without 6-foot guard Justin Dentmon and his league-leading 22.3 points per game. Just a few hours before tip-off, it was reported by the Dallas Morning News that the NBA's Mavericks were planning to sign Dentmon to a 10-day contact. The reigning D-League Most Valuable Player was not in the active lineup against the Warriors. Also missing from Texas' rotation was Delonte West. The NBA veteran started the game for the Legends but picked up a technical foul in the first quarter and did not come out of the locker room for the second half. He finished with two points in less than nine minutes of action. The Warriors closed out the first quarter on a 10-4 run behind a quick six points by Nwaelele off the bench. Forcing nine turnovers on the Legends in the opening 12 minutes, Santa Cruz built a 26-18 first-quarter lead behind easy transition baskets and powerful dunks by Taylor Griffin and Armstrong. The Warriors may have been looking for that same stifling defense to carry their offense in the second quarter, too. Back-to-back miscues by Texas midway through the second quarter led to a Scott Machado layup and a two-handed transition dunk from Cam Jones -- giving the Warriors an 11-point lead, their largest of the half. But Santa Cruz's offense was lacking a spark and was otherwise stagnant. Shooting just 24 percent (7 of 29) in the second quarter, the Warriors converted just one field goal during a 5-plus minute stretch. Texas centers Dwayne Jones (6-foot-11) and Melvin Ely (6-10) provided a formidable front line for the Legends, but the Warriors didn't help themselves by missing open shots. Dwayne Jones and George Odufuwa, meanwhile, helped Texas to second- and third-chance opportunities at will, as the Legends outrebounded Santa Cruz in the first half 37-21. Still, it wasn't enough to jump-start Texas' offense, which shot just 29.4 percent in the first half and trailed 43-38 at the break. Not even the frequent trips to the line -- Texas was 14 of 20 in the second quarter -- was enough to supply the Legends with the lead. Consecutive 3's by House in the third quarter did finally supply the Legends with their first lead since early in the first quarter, though. But Texas wasn't able to pull away, and its inside defensive presence and rebounding ability that was so strong in the first half was non-existent in the fourth quarter as Tyler took over. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 83-112
Six Bakersfield players scored in double figures Saturday, and the Jam made a season-best 15-of-29 3-pointers on the way to a 112-83 thrashing of the Los Angeles D-Fenders at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) scored 21 for the Jam (31-13), which outrebounded Los Angeles 44-31. Other top scorers for Bakersfield were Cameron Tatum (6'7''-G-88, college: Tennessee) (17 points), Stephen Dennis (13), Quincy Acy (13), James Nunnally (11) and Adam Koch (10). Bakersfield (31-13) and Los Angeles (19-25) have a rematch at 4 p.m. today at the Dignity Health Event Center. Courtesy of: bakersfieldcalifornian.com

Sioux Falls S. - Canton C. 117-111 2OT
Imagine a sweltering summer day where the sticky air portends a coming storm. Once the wind shifts, the clouds close out the sunlight and the search commences for the nearest shelter. The basketball winds shift just as quickly and there is no safe haven. Ride on until the clock reads zero. Then do it two extra times. Metaphors aside, if it were easy everyone would do it. Nonetheless, the Sioux Falls Skyforce squandered a 21-point 4th quarter lead to eventually escape with a 117-111 double overtime win over the Canton Charge. With 9:03 left, the score was 93-72 in favor of Sioux Falls (23-21). A flash of lightning later, Canton (27-18) had 7.2 seconds left in a tie game with the ball to get a winning score. March Madness indeed. The two teams had enough left in the tank to play two extra sessions and the game wasn't decided until Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) was called for travelling with 17.3 seconds left in the second extra session. The victory was especially sweet for Sioux Falls who recaptured a tenuous hold on a playoff spot. Skyforce guard Seth Tarver drew the defensive assignment on Gibson and had to meticulously prepare for the task.Gibson's miscue notwithstanding, he had a fantastic night with 24 points to lead the visitors with Arinze Onuaku posting another double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) of the Skyforce was just a tick better with 32 points and 9 rebounds, Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) came off the bench to post 21 ponts and Andre Barrett nearly posted a triple double of 16 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The schedule sends both teams out for Wednesday night road contests. Canton will square off with the Springfield Armor, while Sioux Falls battle the Austin Toros. Courtesy of: espn991.com

Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 93-85
Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse) scored 24 points, including a 50 percent shooting performance from the 3-point arc, to help the Tulsa 66ers to a 93-85 victory against the Iowa Energy Saturday night. Before a crowd of 2,875 inside the SpiritBank Event Center, Andrew Rautins finished with 6-of-12 treys made in a game of runs. The 66ers (25-18) finished tying a season-high 13 3-pointers on the night. "My team did a fantastic job of finding me," Andrew Rautins said. "I credit my teammates on the open shots." Four other Tulsa players finished in double digits. Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88, college: Kentucky) got 16 points, Ron Anderson scored 15, Daniel Orton posted 11 and Tony Taylor logged 10. Tulsa fired out to a 15-5 lead in the first five minutes with Andrew Rautins hitting his first three out of four attempts. But it would face some deficits. It would lead 19-7 before an 18-2 run by the Energy (11-34) put the 66ers behind by four points. A 3 from the wing by Tony Taylor cut Iowa's lead to one point before the session buzzer, but Tulsa would be down 38-31 with 4:01 remaining in the first half. "We just got out of our defense and our mentality," Andrew Rautins said. "We were up early pretty big. That was due to our defense and then we kid of kind of lost focus a little bit. They hit a couple of 3-pointers back-to-back. We had to regain focus and we really grinded it out towards the end." Tulsa would bounce back with a 13-2 spurt to go up 44-40 at the break, including a layup by Andrew Rautins before the buzzer. But the Energy (11-34) fought back and took a 54-52 lead in the third quarter after former University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane Justin Hurtt drilled two 3s and a layup. Hurtt finished with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse) led Iowa with 17 points, Robert Hite got 16, Othyus Jeffers finished with 13 and Alex Rouff netted 12. "One thing that is helping Iowa right now is they're playing without any pressure," Tulsa coach Darko Rajakovic said. "They're already out of the playoffs and those guys are playing to get better." Tulsa would come back and only trail by a point once more before surging ahead for good. But it did have to endure comeback attempts from Iowa. A 3-point dish by Taylor put the 66ers up 62-60 with 37.1 ticks to go in the third period. Threes from Andrew Rautins and Taylor made it 87-77 with 2:01 left, and a dunk from Perry Jones off the rebound of a missed free throw by Orton with 5.2 seconds left put the stamp on the win. Jones would lead the team in rebounds with 13 boards. The 66ers finished with 46 percent (37-of-81) shooting, 45 percent (13-of-29) in 3s, 50 percent (6-of-12) in free throws and a 47-41 rebounding advantage. Iowa shot 37 percent (27-of-74) in field goals, the same percentage (7-of-19) in 3s and sank 83 percent (24-of-29) from the foul line. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com

Springfield A. - Maine RC 108-115
On Fan Appreciation Night for the Springfieldf Armor, the season-high crowd of 5,644 was treated to a record-setting performance but it came at the expense of the home team. Maine guard Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) scored the most points in the D-League this season with 49 as the Red Claws held off a late charge by the Armor for a 115-108 win Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. It was the second straight home loss for the Armor (17-27), something that hadn't happened since Feb. 4 and 7, against Rio Grande Valley and Maine. "The crowd was terrific, I thought our game-ops people were terrific and I thought our basketball team was soft," Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. Taylor, a well-traveled guard since being drafted in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by Washington, scored 47 of his points in the first three quarters. His 20 field goals is a Maine team record. Taylor's total was two more than the 47 scored Friday night by Fort Wayne's Tony Mitchell against Austin. The 49 points, however, were not the most scored against an Armor team. Maine's Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Miami, OH) scored 52 - one shy of Morris Almond's D-League record - last March against Springfield. Taylor, who has played for Houston, Sacramento and Minnesota in the NBA as well as international stops in China, Spain and Israel, had 27 points at halftime, 21 coming in the second quarter when he helped Maine take the lead for good. "He was tough in the first half, especially that second quarter," Armor center Willie Reed, who returned to the lineup after missing one game with a right elbow injury, said. "We just needed to turn up the defensive intensity. It just seemed like we were lacking that in the second quarter and that just jump-started him in the game." That none of his points in the first half came on 3-pointers was remarkable, and it also didn't sit well with MacKinnon. "To be honest, I've never seen a guy that's a perimeter player go for 27 in a half and not shoot a 3," MacKinnon said. 'I thought we were extremely soft. "I know when I was playing, I wasn't very good but if a guy was scoring on me I'd let him feel me, and I don't think he felt us all night long," MacKinnon added. "I'm not sure the guy broke a sweat and he scored 49 points." Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) (21 points) got the Armor going early and they never trailed until late in the second quarter when Taylor scored six straight points for a 45-44 lead for the Red Claws (24-23). The lead was still one when Taylor scored on an old-fashioned three-point play, then had a steal and dunk to end the half with Maine up 58-52. Taylor added 20 more points in the third quarter to keep the Armor at bay. Tornike Shengelia (6'8''-PF-91) (23 points) and Reed (20 points) tried to bring the Armor back in the fourth quarter but they could get no closer than four points. Courtesy of: masslive.com

Erie Bay H. - Rio Grande VV 104-105
Erik Daniels (6'9''-G/F-82, college: Kentucky)' putback at the buzzer just rolled off the rim as Rio Grande Valley escaped Erie with a big win. The Vipers (28-15) made enough clutch plays in the fourth quarter, including 12 points from Terrence Jones, to beat the BayHawks (23-22) 105-104 in front of 4,278 fans Saturday at Erie Insurance Arena. Andrew Goudelock drilled a 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 25 seconds left to give the Vipers a 103-100 lead before Henry Sims hit two free throws to cut the lead to 103-102 inside of one minute left. Goudelock connected on two free throws with 42.5 seconds left before Sims immediately scored on a layup to cut the lead to 105-104. After a Goudelock miss with 6.9 seconds left, Erie called a timeout to set up one final play with 6.3 seconds to play. Mustafa Shakur missed on a jumper and Daniels just missed on a putback. Cory Higgins (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) scored a career-high 35 points for the BayHawks, while Shakur had 17 and Sims added 16. Kyle Goldcamp pulled down 10 rebounds for Erie. Jones finished with 20 points for Rio Grande Valley, while Toure' Murry had 19 points and Goudelock added 18. Erie struggled in the first half but made enough plays to trail only 58-49 at halftime. The BayHawks connected on only 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from the floor in the first quarter, while Rio Grande Valley started red-hot at 11-of-22. The Vipers led 32-22 after the first 12 minutes but couldn't find a way to pull away from Erie. Glen Rice Jr. had 10 points in the first half, while Andrew Goudelock and former BayHawks star D.J. Kennedy had nine each for the Vipers. Rio Grande Valley recorded an impressive 15 assists on its 20 field goals in the first half, including three each from Murry, Goudelock and another former Erie player, Mike Singletary. Erie travels to Springfield on Thursday for its final road game of the season before a crucial four-game homestand to wrap up the regular season. The BayHawks will play Springfield on Friday and April 1 before two games against Maine on April 5 and 6 to decide Erie's chances at a playoff spot. Courtesy of: goerie.com


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Hilton Armstrong claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Hilton Armstrong (210-C/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Santa Cruz W. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 62.
The 28-year old had a double-double of 21 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Idaho S. (#7, 15-29) 102-95. It allowed Santa Cruz W. to consolidate first place in the D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Santa Cruz W. has a very solid 30-13 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Armstrong turned to be Santa Cruz W.'s top player in his first season with the team. Hilton Armstrong averages this season 13.8ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old forward JaMychal Green (203-F-90) of Austin T.. Green impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Austin T. was edged in overtime by slightly lower-ranked Ft.Wayne MA (#5, 23-21) 106-104. Austin T. managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 24-19 record is not bad at all. Green is a newcomer at Austin T. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Tony Mitchell (198-F-92) of Ft.Wayne MA (#5). Mitchell got into 30-points club by scoring 47 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Ft.Wayne MA, leading his team to a 106-104overtime win against slightly higher-ranked Austin T. (#4, 24-19). Ft.Wayne MA needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 21 lost games. Mitchell has a great season in D-L. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Mays (206-F-86) of Sioux Falls S. - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Taylor Griffin (202-F-86) of Santa Cruz W. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Idaho S. - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jason Ellis (201-F-82) of Idaho S. - 6 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) of Canton C. - 14 points and 7 rebounds
9. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of Canton C. - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87) of Canton C. - 12 points and 13 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Trevor Ariza hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 25 points - by Eurobasket News

LOS ANGELES (AP) Trevor Ariza (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 25 points, John Wall added 24 points and the Washington Wizards rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-100 on Friday night.

Wall had 16 assists, and Nene scored 15 points for the Wizards, who won their second straight while improving to 7-26 on the road.

Down 2 points, Kobe Bryant missed a short open jumper with 5 seconds to go and Metta World Peace fouled Wall, who made both free throws. After a timeout, Bryant's 3-pointer drew the Lakers to 101-100 with 2 seconds left. But Bryant fouled Wall with 1 second to go, and he again made both.

The Lakers got the ball to Bryant one last time, and he launched a 3-point attempt from the right sideline that missed as time expired.

Bryant finished with 21 points and 11 assists after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Jodie Meeks had 16 points off the bench as the Lakers' seven-game home winning streak ended.

Pau Gasol had four points and eight rebounds playing limited minutes after missing more than six weeks with a right foot injury.

The starting lineup of Bryant, Howard, Gasol, World Peace and Steve Nash fell to 0-6 this season. After struggling with injuries, the Lakers are fielding a near-healthy roster with 12 games to play as they fight for a playoff berth.

The Wizards' rally that began in the third quarter continued in the fourth, with Ariza's 3-pointer tying the game and his driving layup providing their first lead, 81-79, with 8:52 left.

Bryant scored 10 of the Lakers' first 12 points, with his reverse dunk putting them back in front, 86-83. Meeks hit a 3-pointer off an unlikely assist from World Peace, who missed, grabbed his own rebound and barely kept his balance to stay inbounds before firing to Meeks in the right corner for an 89-86 lead.

Ariza's sixth and seventh 3-pointers twice restored the Wizards' lead to two points.

Washington outscored the Lakers 31-17 in the third to close to 74-72. The Wizards ended on an 11-2 run, with Wall and Ariza scoring all their points. Bryant scored just four points and had a turnover as time expired.

The Lakers took a 57-41 halftime lead on the strength of an opening quarter in which they shot 68 percent and led by 16 points. The Wizards played them to a 22-22 tie in the second period despite shooting 36 percent.

NOTES: Lakers F Antawn Jamison sprained his right wrist and was to have an X-ray after the game. He had 11 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes. ... The Lakers split the season series and fell to 10-3 all-time against the Wizards at Staples Center.
Courtesy of:Associated Press



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tarvas 20-9 
 2. TU/Rock 18-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 14-5 
 4. TTU 14-11 
 5. Rapla 13-13 
 6. Valga 12-16 
 7. Parnu 11-14 
 8. Tln Kalev 7-21 
 9. Hito/Johvi 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 23: Rapla - Hito/Johvi 95-64
Mar. 23: Parnu - Tarvas 77-80
Mar. 23: TTU - Valga 64-61
Mar. 24: Hito/Johvi - Tln Kalev


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.16.1 
 2. Akenparg, TTU15.8 
 3. Laksa, Tarvas15.5 
 4. Tamm, Tarvas15.2 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tarvas15.1 
 6. Matulionis, Parnu14.8 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev14.0 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev13.9 
 9. Pilk, Rapla13.8 
 10. Raadik, Parnu13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.5 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas8.0 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi7.8 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.3 
 6. Grafs, Valga7.0 
 7. Keedus, TTU6.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla6.7 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas6.3 
 10. Cunda, Valga6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.3 
 2. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas4.1 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tarvas3.4 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.4 
 6. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.4 
 7. Cunda, Valga3.3 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.2 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.7 
 10. Pilk, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas2.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.7 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 7. Saks, Tarvas1.5 
 8. Saage, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Cunda, Valga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Arnold, TTU1.0 
 2. Saarmets, TTU0.7 
 3. Matulionis, Parnu0.7 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.7 
 5. Grim, Valga0.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 7. Dimsa, TU/Rock0.5 
 8. Saks, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 10. Grafs, Valga0.5 


Ventspils prevailed against Kalev/Cramo on aggregate - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League:
Ventspils - Kalev/Cramo 78:65


Ventspils prevailed against Kalev/Cramo on aggregate and advanced into the title game. The Latvian side grabbed a 78:65 win and headed to the Finals.
It looked good early as Kalev/Cramo took a 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ventspils had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Kalev/Cramo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-78. Ventspils made 18-of-20 charity shots during the game. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 41-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points in the effort for Kalev/Cramo.
Ventspils will take on Rudupis in the Final that paved their way through to the Baltic League Final. In Game 2 of the Semifinals the Lithuanian team overcame Barons kvartals 110:80 that was enough to advance after two games.

Ventspils: Donald Sims 23, Folarin Campbell 13+11rebs, Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) 11
Kalev/Cramo: Ty Abbott 12, Bamba Fall 11+10rebs, Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) 10



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 30-9 
 2. Nilan Bisons 29-9 
 3. Kataja 27-7 
 4. Pyrinto 25-12 
 5. Kauhajoki 24-15 
 6. Kouvot 19-19 
 7. LrNMKY 17-21 
 8. Korihait 13-26 
 9. Lapua 13-26 
 10. Salon Vilpas 11-27 
 11. Namika Lahti 10-28 
 12. FoKoPo 10-29 

Regular Season: Round 40

Mar. 23: Nilan Bisons - FoKoPo 96-81
Mar. 23: Kataja - Salon Vilpas 94-74
Mar. 23: Kauhajoki - Pyrinto 92-81
Mar. 22: Korihait - Kouvot 82-76
Mar. 22: Namika Lahti - LrNMKY 63-73
Mar. 22: KTP - Lapua 101-78

Regular Season: Round 41

Mar. 27: FoKoPo - Kataja
Mar. 27: LrNMKY - Nilan Bisons
Mar. 27: Lapua - Namika Lahti
Mar. 27: KTP - Korihait
Mar. 27: Pyrinto - Kouvot
Mar. 27: Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Marcus RELPHORDE
  Salon V.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Relphorde, Salon V.22.7 
 2. Conley, LrNM.22.5 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.21.3 
 5. Clavell, Kouvot20.4 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua19.6 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.6 
 8. Logins, LrNM.17.8 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Korihait
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Robinson, Korihait10.1 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.8 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.4 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki9.4 
 5. Giles, KTP9.2 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo9.1 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 8. Watt, Korihait8.3 
 9. Johnson, Namika L.8.3 
 10. Haanpaa, Lapua8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.2 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.7 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.2 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.5.0 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 6. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.8 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo3.9 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.6 
 2. Coleman, Lapua2.5 
 3. Smith, Kataja2.3 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Tolbert, Lapua1.8 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Fields, Kataja1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Barrett, KTP1.4 
 2. Fields, Kataja1.1 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.1 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Giles, KTP1.1 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 8. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 9. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 10. Watt, Korihait0.9 


At the Top Its Just Us! - by Jerrah Young

Hey what's up world. It's been a long time coming but I'm back blogging from Finland. My second year with my team, Porvoo Tarmo, and things are completely opposite of my first year here. Not only am I playing basketball now, but I have taken on other challenges this season as well. I now coach our club's women's team and I am instructing/coaching a women's basketball hobby team. Both are great experiences for me that I have enjoyed and improved on throughout the year. I never anticipated these opportunities to come about but I am very grateful that they have. My season with my men's team has been a success thus far with our team clinching first place and anxiously awaiting the playoffs. From 90 feet overtime shots to amazing comebacks we have overcome. It seems as if we are destined to achieve the ultimate goal, a first division championship. Hopefully at the end of April I will have good news for you guys.

Stay tuned....

God Bless,
Jay Young



KORISLIIGA: Martin Zeno again in double digits - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 39: Three contests, three home victories tonight. Bisons (Loimaa) defeated FoKoPo (Forssa) 96-81 (44-36) and Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) once again scoring game high 29 points. Zeno has played this season 38 regular season games and in every game he has scored double digits. The second leading scorer in Top League, Zeno has been all season between 11 and 35 points. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) added 24 pts, 22 of them already during the first half. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) led FoKoPo (10-29) with 23 pts.
Kataja (Joensuu) won over Vilpas (Salo) 94-74 (39-33). Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) led the hosts with 21 pts. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) had a double-double 19pts/12rbs. Marcus Relphorde (198-F-88, college: Colorado) netted game high 24 pts for Vilpas (12-27). Karhu (Kauhajoki) beat Pyrinto (Tampere) 92-81 (53-32). Karhu's three Americans scored 59 points altogether. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Kent St.) and Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, college: Cent.Michigan) had 21 pts both. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) led Pyrinto with a double-double 32pts/11rbs.

Bisons - FoKoPo 96-81 (44-36). (Martin Zeno 29, Ryan McDade 24/13, Jeb Ivey 17/8a - Jahmar Thorpe 23/6a, Sami Ikavalko 19, Andrais Thornton 17/9. A: 897).
Kataja - Vilpas 94-74 (39-33). (Petri Virtanen 21, Dan Coleman 19/12, Juho Lehtoranta 12 - Marcus Relphorde 24, Shawn Atupem 17, Samu Kaaresvirta 11. A: 812).
Karhu - Pyrinto 92-81 (53-32). (Haminn Quaintance 21/12, Giordan Watson 21, Tremaine Ford 17/19 - Lamonte Ulmer 32/11, Damon Williams 23, Antti Nikkila 8. A: 630).



Grinding Out - by Greg Logins

Hello basketball world. It has been a while since I posted a blog, so I figured today I would post something. This season has been long, and it is coming down to the last stretch of few games before the playoffs begin. Throughout the season thus far, we have faced some injuries along the way. We have had are ups and downs, but as a team, we have been sticking together and playing hard to the best of our abilities. As of now, our roster is starting to mesh back together. Guys are recovering well from nagging injuries. Although we are missing our inside veteran presence, Clifton Jones, we still continue to persue our game plans, as he maintains is rehab and is working on his route towards coming back for the playoffs. Within these next few games, we will continue to work hard, and improve our game as a team,to prepare for the playoffs. while coming off of a great team victory Friday night at Lahti with our roster back into full affect, I think that we are moving foward into a positive direction, and getting positive vibes within the players. We all will enjoy these last few games and play hard as a unit, with our principles as of namika style of play, which is a fast paced game, getting defensive stops, and having fun while doing so. Well that is all I have for now folks. I wish all of the players and coaches the best of luck, as we all make our runs within these last few regular season games.

Thank you for reading my blogs, and I hope you continue to do so.

Hyv palmusunnuntaita

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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 16-7 
 2. Strasbourg 16-8 
 3. Chalon 16-8 
 4. Le Mans 14-10 
 5. Roanne 13-10 
 6. ASVEL 13-11 
 7. Paris-Levallois 13-11 
 8. Orleans 12-12 
 9. Nanterre 12-12 
 10. Dijon 12-12 
 11. Le Havre 11-13 
 12. Cholet 10-13 
 13. Limoges 10-14 
 14. Nancy 8-15 
 15. Boulazac 7-17 
 16. Poitiers 7-17 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 23: Paris-Levallois - Boulazac 90-79
Mar. 23: Gravelines - Nanterre 89-98
Mar. 23: Orleans - Strasbourg 89-81
Mar. 23: Chalon - Poitiers 84-52
Mar. 23: Dijon - Le Havre 82-89
Mar. 23: Le Mans - Limoges 77-69
Mar. 23: ASVEL - Roanne 72-75
Mar. 25: Cholet - Nancy


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.18.7 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.1 
 3. Williams, Paris-.17.0 
 4. Jackson, AS.16.6 
 5. Ajinca, Strasbourg16.2 
 6. Fitch, Strasbourg15.9 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Sommerville, Nancy15.7 
 9. Nivins, Poitiers15.5 
 10. Green, Orleans15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Brockman, Limoges10.5 
 2. Monroe, Boulazac8.8 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.8.0 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.8 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 6. Sommerville, Nancy7.0 
 7. Collins, Roanne6.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac6.8 
 9. Dobbins, Poitiers6.8 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. King, Le Havre7.5 
 2. Diabate, Nancy6.7 
 3. Pellin, Orleans6.3 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.3 
 5. Schilb, Chalon5.1 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.9 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.7 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.6 
 10. Sangare, Roanne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
 2. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.8 
 4. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 5. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 6. Pellin, Orleans1.6 
 7. Campbell, Stras.1.6 
 8. Williams, Paris-.1.6 
 9. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.9 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.5 
 3. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.5 
 4. Sy, AS.1.3 
 5. Williams, Chalon1.2 
 6. Fofana, Le Havre1.1 
 7. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 8. Issa, Le Mans0.9 
 9. Samnick, Roanne0.8 
 10. Goree, Cholet0.8 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Evreux 21-7 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 21-7 
 3. Chalons-Reims 19-9 
 4. Le Portel 18-10 
 5. Boulogne 18-10 
 6. Rouen 16-12 
 7. Antibes 16-12 
 8. Fos Ouest 16-12 
 9. Bourg 15-13 
 10. Maurienne 14-14 
 11. Lille 13-15 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 12-16 
 13. St Quentin 12-16 
 14. Denain 10-18 
 15. Nantes 10-18 
 16. St Vallier 9-19 
 17. Bordeaux 7-21 
 18. Charleville 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 22: Nantes - Charleville 86-74
Mar. 22: Chalons-Reims - Lille 82-79
Mar. 22: St Quentin - Bourg 76-66
Mar. 22: Evreux - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 75-74
Mar. 23: Fos Ouest - Hyeres-Toulon 75-60
Mar. 22: Antibes - Maurienne 70-64
Mar. 23: St Vallier - Denain 68-74
Mar. 23: Boulogne - Bordeaux 104-91
Mar. 22: Rouen - Le Portel 102-94 OT


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, Maurienne21.3 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 4. Wood, Evreux19.0 
 5. Blue, Antibes18.9 
 6. Siggers, Lille18.0 
 7. Hannah, Evreux17.5 
 8. McKines, Rouen17.4 
 9. Hilliard, Antibes17.4 
 10. Sanders, Charlevi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.1 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.8 
 4. Kitts, Denain9.1 
 5. McKines, Rouen8.8 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.7 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.5 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier7.9 
 9. Blue, Antibes7.8 
 10. Mathis, Nantes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Craven, St Vallier6.9 
 2. Rowland, Boulogne6.8 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.7 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Hannah, Evreux5.4 
 7. Julien, Hyeres-Tou.5.4 
 8. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 9. Bassett, Rouen5.0 
 10. Da Silva, Rouen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craven, St Vallier2.3 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.3 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 5. Sonko, Bourg1.8 
 6. Siggers, Lille1.8 
 7. Brown, Maurienne1.8 
 8. Toto N''Kote, Fos1.8 
 9. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.9 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Taccoen, Lille1.2 
 4. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 5. Johnson, Chalons-.1.0 
 6. Burrell, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 8. Sane, Hyeres-Toul.1.0 
 9. Correa, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 18-4 
 2. Vichy 18-7 
 3. Souffel 17-7 
 4. Cognac 16-7 
 5. Quimper 14-9 
 6. Blois 14-9 
 7. La Rochelle 14-11 
 8. Monaco 13-10 
 9. Rueil 13-12 
 10. Sorgues 11-12 
 11. Angers BC 49 9-14 
 12. St Chamond 9-14 
 13. Chartres 9-15 
 14. Challans 8-16 
 15. Rennes 6-18 
 16. CFBB 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 23: Rueil - Monaco 82-72
Mar. 23: La Rochelle - Angers BC 49 81-68
Mar. 23: Vichy - Blois 75-92
Mar. 23: Rennes - Chartres 70-57
Mar. 23: Souffel - Challans 68-44
Mar. 23: Cognac - Orchy
Mar. 23: St Chamond - Quimper


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.5 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.6 
 3. Hill, Angers BC 4917.0 
 4. Raji, Quimper16.8 
 5. Cole, La Rochelle16.8 
 6. Petrovic, Orchy16.7 
 7. Herard, Challans16.6 
 8. Inglis, CFBB16.5 
 9. Pene, Rennes16.2 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.6 
 3. Cole, La Rochelle7.8 
 4. Tornato, Blois7.5 
 5. Inglis, CFBB7.4 
 6. Sall, Rennes7.3 
 7. Calasan, Monaco7.2 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.1 
 9. Rinna, St Chamond7.0 
 10. Caskill, Cognac7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.0 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.5.6 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.5 
 5. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Fellah, Angers B.4.5 
 8. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 9. Inglis, CFBB4.0 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. El Amrani, Vichy2.5 
 2. Bennett, Monaco1.9 
 3. Davis, Blois1.8 
 4. Lonzieme, Angers B.1.7 
 5. Rathieuville, Chal.1.7 
 6. Saounera, Rueil1.7 
 7. Christophe, Monaco1.6 
 8. Thibedore, Quimper1.6 
 9. Lessort, Vichy1.6 
 10. Geay, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Davis, Blois1.6 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.3 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.3 
 5. Tornato, Blois1.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel1.2 
 7. Inglis, CFBB1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.0 
 9. Smock, CFBB0.8 
 10. Kolb, Quimper0.8 


Parker returns as Spurs top Jazz 104-97 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Tony Parker (188-PG-82) had 22 points in his return from an eight-game absence, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 16 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 104-97 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Friday night (Saturday Manila time).

Kawhi Leonard added 21 points, including five in overtime, and Danny Green had 15 points for San Antonio, which remains 2 1/2 games ahead of Oklahoma City in the West.

Mo Williams scored 23 points, Al Jefferson had 18 and Alec Burks 14 for Utah, which has lost three straight.

Duncan has 13,113 career rebounds, moving past Shaquille O'Neal (13,099) for 13th on the all-time list.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich recorded his 900th career victory, becoming the 12th coach in NBA history to accomplish the feat and joining former Utah coach Jerry Sloan as the only coaches to do so with one team.

The Spurs held the Jazz to 2-for-8 shooting in overtime after Marvin Williams' 3 at the buzzer tied the game at 90, drawing a heated tirade from Popovich for the defensive lapse.

Amid cries of ''MVP,'' Parker capped the scoring with a pair of free throws with 17.2 seconds left in overtime. He went 8 for 13 from the field and had five assists after missing eight games with a sprained left ankle. The Spurs were 6-2 in his absence, but struggled offensively.

Parker made his first attempt, drawing huge applause after hitting a 15-foot jumper 2 minutes into the game.

The Spurs had a 12-0 run to take a 16-4 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter. Tiago Splitter capped the run by tossing in a hook shot after missing an open layup off a bullet pass from Parker.

Parker sat shortly after that pass, sparking a 17-2 run by Utah to close the quarter. San Antonio went scoreless for almost 5 minutes bridging the first and second quarters.

NOTES: Parker is the only player averaging at least 20 points and seven assists while shooting over 50 percent from the field and 80 percent on free throws. . Popovich's 900 victories trail Don Nelson (1,335), Lenny Wilkens (1,332), Sloan (1,221), Pat Riley (1,210), Phil Jackson (1,155), George Karl (1,122), Larry Brown (1,098), Rich Adelman (994), Bill Fitch (944), Red Auerbach (938) and Dick Motta (935). . Parker is the only active player averaging at least 15 points, five assists while shooting over 49 percent from the field for his career. The only other players to do that are Walt Frazier, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Kevin Johnson. . With its victory Friday, San Antonio joins Miami (31) and Oklahoma City (30) as the only teams with 30 wins at home this season.
Courtesy of: philstar.com



ProB Round 28: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

ProB round 28 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (21-7) against second ranked ALM Evreux (21-7) 75-74 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 43-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ALM Evreux have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play next round against strong Chalons-Reims trying to make it back to the top of the standings. ALM Evreux will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Lille Metropole on the road.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Hyeres-Toulon was beaten by Fos Ouest on the road 75-60. St Vallier lost to Denain on its own court 68-74. Bordeaux unfortunately lost to Boulogne in a road game 91-104. Nantes managed to beat Charleville at home 86-74. Bourg was defeated by St Quentin on the opponent's court 66-76. Chalons-Reims beat Lille in a home game 82-79. Maurienne lost to Antibes on the road 64-70.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Nigel Wyatte of Bordeaux.


Fos Ouest - Hyeres-Toulon 75-60

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Fos Ouest (16-12) beat at home 12th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (12-16) 75-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fos Ouest. Hyeres-Toulon was better in third quarter 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 43-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Mali guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83) added 10 points in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Fos Ouest moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Antibes and Rouen. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Fos Ouest will face Denain Voltaire (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against SO Maritime Boulogne and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: C.Davis 16+4reb+3ast, J.Williamson 15+9reb+1ast, S.Giffa 11+4reb+2ast, M.Dia 10+6reb, M.Hachad 8+12reb+6ast, K.Atamna 8+3reb+2ast
Hyeres-Toulon: J.Newson 21+6reb+1ast, L.Chelle 10+3reb+1ast, L.Sane 8+4reb, R.Wright 8+6reb, T.Dials 7+6reb+1ast, A.Julien 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 179482


St Vallier - Denain 68-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Denain Voltaire and 16th ranked Saint Vallier had identical 9-18 record. But Saint Vallier was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Denain 74-68 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saint Vallier won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Denain Voltaire made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Denain Voltaire made 8 blocks. Saint Vallier was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. The other American import point guard Lee Humphrey (189-84, college: Florida) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) replied with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Saint Vallier. Saint Vallier's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Denain Voltaire have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nantes. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Denain Voltaire will face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#8) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint Vallier will play against Le Portel (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.Flowers 20+4reb+2ast, R.Lopez 14+3reb, X.Gaillou 12+3reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 12+4reb+4ast, M.Kitts 7+6reb+2ast, A.Liorel 4+2reb
St Vallier: E.Craven 15+7reb+4ast, J.Hoyaux 13+2reb, F.Tortosa 11+1reb+4ast, H.Disy 8+11reb, C.Rouse 7+7reb+1ast, B.Tinsley 6+1reb
gschID: 179481


Boulogne - Bordeaux 104-91

Very predictable result when fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (18-10) won against at home 17th ranked Bordeaux (7-21) 104-91 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. Bordeaux was better in fourth quarter 36-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne shot 60.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Bordeaux's players. It was a very good performance for American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 assists. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-94) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Nate Carter (201-83, college: Oklahoma) added 22 points in the effort for Bordeaux. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Portel. Bordeaux at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Hyeres-Toulon (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bordeaux will play against SPO Rouen (#6).
Top scorers:
Boulogne: A.Rowland 25+2reb+8ast, M.Jaiteh 19+8reb+3ast, J.Rousselle 17+2reb+7ast, K.Cunningham 12+3reb, M.Var 12+4reb+2ast, A.Loum 11+4reb+1ast
Bordeaux: N.Wyatte 24+10reb+4ast, N.Carter 22+4reb+2ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 12+1reb+2ast, M.Humphrey 11+8reb+2ast, M.Guichard 7+2reb+2ast, R.Chery 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179478


Nantes - Charleville 86-74

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-23) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked Nantes (10-18) 86-74 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nantes outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 38-24 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nicolas Gayon (190-82) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) added 18 points in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nantes moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Denain. Charleville-Mezieres lost fourteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Nantes will face higher ranked JL Bourg (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Olympique Antibes (#7).
Top scorers:
Nantes: J.Mathis 24+10reb+2ast, N.Gayon 20+9reb+2ast, L.Corbett 18+2reb+2ast, W.Soliman 8+7reb, T.Henry 6+3reb+2ast, M.Drame 6+4reb
Charleville: V.Pridotkas 18+6reb+1ast, F.Calvez 18+3reb+3ast, T.Toney 15+5reb+1ast, D.Hudson 8+2reb+2ast, N.Racon 5+1reb+3ast, D.Pistre 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179483


Evreux - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 75-74

ProB round 28 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez (21-7) against second ranked ALM Evreux (21-7) 75-74 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 43-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and David Denave (195-85) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. ALM Evreux have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play next round against strong Chalons-Reims trying to make it back to the top of the standings. ALM Evreux will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Lille Metropole on the road.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Hannah 20+3reb+8ast, J.Wood 16+14reb+2ast, D.Reed 16+4reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 15+8reb+2ast, G.Florimont 6+2reb, L.Konate 2+1reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: B.Boddicker 23+5reb, R.Lesca 10+1ast, A.Mendy 9+1ast, C.Jackson 9+10reb, D.Denave 8+5reb+8ast, S.Driss 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 179480


St Quentin - Bourg 76-66

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Saint-Quentin (12-16) defeated at home higher ranked JL Bourg (15-13) 76-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. JL Bourg was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for naturalized American point guard Jimmal Ball (179-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for JL Bourg. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint-Quentin moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon. JL Bourg at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Saint-Quentin will face higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#10) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Ball 23+2reb+4ast, J.Lesieu 14+5reb, D.Quincy-Jones 12+2reb, L.Simmons 9+7reb+2ast, O.Romain 9+2reb+3ast, A.Saaka 4+8reb+2ast
Bourg: M.Sonko 16+12reb+1ast, D.Monds 15+6reb+2ast, P.Braud 11+4reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 6+2reb, J.Forte 6+4reb+5ast, J.Sanchez 4+1reb
gschID: 179479


Rouen - Le Portel 102-94 OT

McKines scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Rouen past Le Portel in overtime. G.Chathuant added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Gay answered with 22 points for Le Portel.
Top scorers:
Rouen: W.McKines 25+11reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 19+9reb+2ast, T.Wesley 16+7reb+6ast, O.Bassett 14+7reb+5ast, P.Da Silva 12+2reb+6ast, F.Ateba 9+4reb
Le Portel: S.Gay 22+3reb+5ast, D.Wilson 18+4reb+2ast, B.Mangin 15+3reb+6ast, R.Taylor 15+5reb+6ast, C.Bronchard 10+6reb+4ast, M.N'Diaye 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 179477


Chalons-Reims - Lille 82-79

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Lille Metropole (13-15) was edged on the road by third ranked Chalons-Reims (19-9) 82-79 on Friday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Lille Metropole was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 28-21 charge of Chalons-Reims, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Justin Burrell (206-88, college: St.John's) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) added 21 points in the effort for Lille Metropole. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chalons-Reims have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-9 record having just two points less than leader Evreux. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face league's second-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lille Metropole will play against the league's leader ALM Evreux (#1).
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: T.Johnson 29+6reb+4ast, R.Mels 16+3reb+6ast, J.Burrell 16+7reb+3ast, A.Tsagarakis 7+1reb+1ast, K.Corre 6+5reb, P.Poupet 4+3reb+2ast
Lille: J.Siggers 21+3reb, S.Smith 20+16reb+1ast, B.Gillet 10+1reb, S.Bradford 8+5reb+2ast, A.Rigaux 8+2reb+3ast, L.Akono 6+2reb+3ast
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Antibes - Maurienne 70-64

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Olympique Antibes (16-12) beat at home 10th ranked Aix-Maurienne (14-14) 70-64 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-64. It was a very good performance for American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 steals. The other American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Cameroonian Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Rouen. Aix-Maurienne at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aix-Maurienne will play against Saint-Quentin (#13).
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 20+4reb+2ast, J.Fontenet 14+1reb+4ast, A.Hilliard 14+7reb+3ast, B.Monclar 7+1reb, L.Bengaber 6+4reb+2ast, S.Essart 5+3reb+2ast
Maurienne: J.Ekanga-Ehawa 18+6reb, E.Bing 12+11reb+4ast, M.Houmounou 11+6reb+2ast, W.Chism 10+3reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 5+2reb+3ast, G.Clerc 4
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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Prva Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Feni Indistrija 1-0 
 2. MZT Skopje 1-0 
 3. Rabotnicki 1-0 
 4. Lirija 0-1 
 5. Kozuv 0-1 
 6. Kumanovo 0-1 
Places 7-9
 1. ABA Strumica 6-8 
 2. Pelister Bitola 2-13 
 3. Vardar 2-13 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Feni Indistrija - Kumanovo 96-89
Mar. 20: MZT Skopje - Kozuv 77-71
Mar. 20: Rabotnicki - Lirija 106-92

Places 7-9

Mar. 23: Vardar - Pelister Bitola 69-74

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-6

Apr. 6: Kozuv - Rabotnicki
Apr. 6: Kumanovo - MZT Skopje
Apr. 6: Lirija - Feni Indistrija

Places 7-9

Apr. 6: Pelister Bitola - ABA Strumica


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo19.9 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.19.2 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija16.7 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.16.3 
 5. Gocevski, ABA S.15.5 
 6. Sharper, Rabotnicki15.4 
 7. Trajkovski, Feni I.15.3 
 8. Lukovic, Kumanovo15.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Kuman.14.6 
 10. Janjusevic, ABA S.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Kerkez, Vardar10.3 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.5 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija7.9 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.7 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.7.1 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.6.3 
 7. Kostevski, Vardar6.3 
 8. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.2 
 9. Zaharievski, Pelis.5.9 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.6.0 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv4.2 
 3. Samardziev, Feni I.3.8 
 4. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 6. Morban, Lirija3.3 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.9 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija2.6 
 9. Tasovski, Lirija2.5 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 2. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.5 
 4. Stajic, Lirija1.5 
 5. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 6. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Kerkez, Vardar1.2 
 8. Pajic, Vardar1.1 
 9. Janjusevic, ABA S.1.1 
 10. Bratic, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo2.1 
 2. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.1 
 3. Radojevik, Lirija1.0 
 4. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.6 
 8. Talevski, Pelist.0.5 
 9. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.0.5 
 10. Gocevski, ABA S.0.4 



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Bask. 21-5 
 2. B.Muenchen 18-10 
 3. EWE Baskets 17-8 
 4. Ratiopharm 17-9 
 5. ALBA 16-10 
 6. Art.Dragons 15-12 
 7. Phoenix Hagen 14-13 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 14-13 
 9. Telekom Baskets 13-13 
 10. TBB Trier 13-13 
 11. Walter Tigers 13-15 
 12. MBC 12-15 
 13. NY Phantoms 11-15 
 14. Bremerhaven 11-16 
 15. Bayreuth 11-16 
 16. Fraport SKY 11-17 
 17. Neckar Lburg 10-18 
 18. LTi 46ers 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 17: Phoenix Hagen - ALBA 94-87
Mar. 17: TBB Trier - B.Muenchen 90-84
Mar. 22: Fraport SKY - Bremerhaven 86-73
Mar. 17: Fraport SKY - Brose Bask. 77-64
Mar. 22: Phoenix Hagen - EWE Baskets 73-67
Mar. 16: Bayreuth - s.Oliver Baskets 62-83
Mar. 23: Neckar L'burg - MBC 56-61

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 30: s.Oliver Baskets - Fraport SKY
Mar. 30: Ratiopharm - ALBA
Mar. 30: MBC - Telekom Baskets
Mar. 30: NY Phantoms - Phoenix Hagen
Mar. 30: EWE Baskets - Neckar L'burg
Mar. 30: Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen
Mar. 30: Walter Tigers - Bayreuth
Mar. 31: Bremerhaven - TBB Trier
Mar. 31: Brose Bask. - LTi 46ers

Round 26

Mar. 24: NY Phantoms - s.Oliver Baskets


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Phoenix .
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. White, Phoenix17.2 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.8 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.9 
 4. Burrell, Bremerha.15.9 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen14.9 
 6. Peacock, Fraport14.5 
 7. Gavel, Brose Bask.14.5 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.14.4 
 9. Thompson, ALBA14.3 
 10. Rice, B.Muenchen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.3 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.3 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 5. Robertson, Fraport6.7 
 6. Gordon, Phoenix6.6 
 7. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 8. King, Art.Dragons6.4 
 9. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.4 
 10. Linhart, TBB Trier6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.0 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen4.9 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.3 
 4. White, Phoenix4.3 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.4.0 
 6. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.0 
 7. Redding, Walter T.3.9 
 8. Timberlake, MBC3.7 
 9. Zazai, LTi 46ers3.5 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Bernard, Neckar L.1.6 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.6 
 6. Linhart, TBB Trier1.5 
 7. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 10. Gibson, Fraport S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gregory, Phoenix1.9 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.4 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.4 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.2 
 6. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.0 
 8. Frease, Walter T.1.0 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.1.0 
 10. McGhee, Bayreuth0.8 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Vechta 21-7 
 2. Goettingen 20-8 
 3. Duesseldorf 18-9 
 4. Cuxhaven 16-11 
 5. Karlsruhe 16-11 
 6. Ehingen 15-12 
 7. Chemnitz 14-13 
 8. NBC 14-14 
 9. Jena 13-14 
 10. Heidelberg 12-15 
 11. Crailsheim 11-17 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 11-17 
 13. Finke Baskets 11-17 
 14. Kirchheim 10-17 
 15. Gotha 10-18 
 16. Leipzig 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 23: NBC - Gotha 91-82
Mar. 23: Leipzig - ETB Wohnbau 90-86 OT
Mar. 23: Goettingen - Finke Baskets 82-66
Mar. 23: Crailsheim - Vechta 78-91
Mar. 23: Ehingen - Jena
Mar. 23: Duesseldorf - Kirchheim
Mar. 23: Heidelberg - Cuxhaven
Mar. 23: Karlsruhe - Chemnitz


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau20.3 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.7 
 3. Griffin, Gotha18.1 
 4. Nixon, NBC17.7 
 5. Williams, Vechta16.9 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen16.6 
 7. White, Heidelberg16.4 
 8. Barker, Jena16.0 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe15.4 
 10. Kelly, Cuxhaven15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.5 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz10.0 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.1 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.0 
 5. Baker, Gotha7.9 
 6. Johnson, Crailsheim7.7 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.5 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.4 
 9. Henley, ETB W.7.4 
 10. Livas, Goettingen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Vechta7.1 
 2. Coleman, Crailsheim6.0 
 3. Aud, Finke Baskets5.7 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.1 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.9 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen4.5 
 7. Jeka, Jena4.3 
 8. Barker, Jena4.3 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg3.9 
 10. Tzakopoulos, Due.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, Vechta2.6 
 2. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen2.1 
 4. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.7 
 6. Bynum, Chemnitz1.5 
 7. Pratt, Cuxhaven1.5 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim1.5 
 9. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.4 
 10. Harris, Goettingen1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.3 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.3 
 4. Thompson, NBC1.3 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz1.2 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven1.1 
 7. Tyrna, Leipzig1.1 
 8. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 9. Madrich, Vechta0.9 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.0.9 


SC Rist Wedel Sends The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Into Summer Vacation With A Heart Breaking 75-74 Victory - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The dream of prolonging their season was kept alive in the second half by the Fraport Skyliners juniors with hard fought play, heart and excellent team basketball, but with time running down and the chance for a possible game winning shot looming on the horizon, the season ended abruptly for the boys of head coach Eric Detlef as there was only 0,8 seconds on the clock and SC Rist Wedel guard Augie Johnston after missing his first free throw missed his second free throw on purpose to hinder the chances even more for the Skyliners to get one last shot off as SC Rist Wedel advanced to the next round in the PRO B playoffs with a 75-74 win and will face off against the Weissenhorn Youngsters next Sunday in Wedel. Despite the loss, the Fraport Skyliners have no reason to hang their heads because they gave all they had for 40 minutes in their home gym. It was tough having to fight back, but we never hung our heads. They did a good job getting the ball into the paint and we couldnt lock down. That really hurt us down the stretch, but we continued to fight until the end, stressed Fraport Skyliner forward Taylor Brown (198-F-89, college: Bradley). SC Rist Wedel found their rhythm pretty fast let down a bit in the second quarter letting the Fraport Skyliners back into the game giving up a 12-0 run, but in the second half despite being involved in a close game seemed in control and it felt like they wouldnt fold completely. We have been calm all season long as a team and have been used to tight situations in games. We had more self confidence down the stretch then they did. I have to give Frankfurt a lot of credit. They played great and fought hard, stressed SC Rist German Marvin Adu.

The Fraport Skyliners had been without their three German double license players in game one, but in game two had Konstantin Klein and Johannes Voigtmann. The game was also visited by the Fraport Skyliners as head coach Muli Kazurin and assistant coach Klauss Perwas were watching as well as player Dawan Robinson, Zach Peacock, Laquan Prowell, Devin Gibson and Larry Wright. Klein got things rolling dropping a quick three pointer. However SC Rist Wedel didnt hesitate to get going as they thrust out on a 8-0 run to lead 6-3. Califronia native Augie Johnston who clobbered Frankfurt for 35 points in game one hit his first two shots and American Davey Hopkins and German Tobias Lange scored inside as Frankfurt was being killed on the penetration. After German Falko Thelig hit a jumper, SC Rist Wedel kept pumping the ball inside and getting more in the paint buckets from from Hopkins and Lange. Skyliner Taylor Brown then nailed a jumper cutting the SC Rist Wedel lead to 14-8, but SC Rist Wedel was in a groove and got more production in the lane from Marvin Adu and Ismet Akpinar who made a pretty floater in Jeremy Linn style as Frankfurt trailed 18-8. Frankfurt had spurts with instant offense getting a 5-0 run as big man Johannes Voigtman hit a hook shot over Lange and Max Merz connected from the parking lot as Frankfurt trailed 18-13. Hopkins then found Lange again hooking him up with a lob pass for two quick points. SC Rist Wedel had the 25-16 advantage after one quarter. Frankfurt was letting up easy penetration and there was no rotation going on. On offense, Frankfurt was a bit stagnant with no one stepping up. Their lack of one on one defense hurt them most, commented Fraport Skyliner Dawan Robinson. SC Rist Wedel was shooting 62% from the two point range and 0% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 36% from the field and 40% from the outside. Wedel had the eight to seven rebound edge and only one turnover while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

SC Rist Wedel kept up the pressure in the second quarter hitting the Fraport Skyliners juniors with a 7-2 run and extending their lead to 32-18. Ex Washington State center Fabian Bocke hit a fade away jumper which was matched by a Klein step back jumper. Johnson then nailed a three pointer as Falko Thelig was a step too late. SC Rist Wedel then was able to extend their lead to 32-20 as Bocke dropped a three pointer testing his 50% from outside. Frankfurt was a bit fortunate in this phase as SC Rist Wedel missed three easy buckets on three set plays while Frankfurt couldnt retaliate on offense. After Johnson scored inside for the 37-20 lead, the tide started to turn drastically for the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt down 17 points started a furious comeback going on a 12-0 run to cut the Rist lead to 37-32. Frankfurt started to press so annoyingly getting SC Rist Wedel out of their rhythm. On offense Frankfurt started hitting their shots more consistently. Thelig and Voigtmann made easy buckets in the paint, Taylor Brown hit two mid distance jumpers and Thelig made a steal and went coast to coast for the easy transition basket. Hopkins broke the run with apretty spin move and Voigtmann closed out the second quarter with a lay in, but SC Rist wedel led 39-34. Frankfurt stepped it up on defense and wedel got lucky with some penetration buckets and they also missed some easy shots. In the 12-0 run Frankfurt showed more intensity and everyone helped each other on defense and got some steals in the back court, added Philadelphia native Dawan Robinson. SC Rist Wedel was shooting 48% from the field and 50% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners juniors were shooting 43% from the field and 29% from the three point line. Both teams had 15 rebounds and nine turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners raced out on a mini 4-0 run to cut the SC Rist Wedel lead to 39-38 as Brown scored inside with a slick spin move and Voigtmann made a tip in. SC Rist Wedel was able to keep their slim lead as American Davey Hopkins who played in the NAIA in the States at Cal Baptist and Biola took his team on a 5-0 run making an off balance shot and a runner as Frankfurt trailed 44-39. However since the 12-0 run at the end of the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners had been a changed team hitting at a good rate and went out on a 9-2 run to take the lead 48-46. It was role player Nikolaj Vukovic who hit a three pointer and then made a steal getting an easy bucket on transition. Klein gave Frankfurt the lead with a lay in. But then it was German Marvin Adu who had only palyed three minutes came in and played the Rist energizer scoring three consecutive buckets and giving SC Rist Wedel the lead back at 52-49. Despite two Taylor Brown mid range jumpers, SC Rist Wedel kept the slim 59-54 lead at the end of the third quarter. We played better defesne, but also still missed easy shots, added Sc Rist Wedel German Tobias Lange. SC Rist Wedel was shooting 54% from the two point range and 33% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Wedel had the slight 23-20 rebound advantage, but 15 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.

Just like at the start of the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners had another lightening begin in the fourth quarter stunning SC Rist Wedel with a hammering 5-0 run to tie the game at 59-59 as Klein dropped a bomb form outside and Brown hit a mid distance shot. However SC Rist Wedel got the lead back with a Bocke jumper for the 61-59 lead and they would never relinquish the lead again. Frankfurt kept fighting back, but werent getting as many consistent stops anymore to get over the hump. Hopkins and Klein traded three pointers, but Frankfurt still trailed 65-64. SC Rist Wedel then dropped an unwanted 6-1 run to lead 71-65. Johnson who was kept in check at times scored when he had to in the fourth quarter sneaking inside for an easy hop and made free throws. Eric Detlef then took a time out and drew up a special play for the inbounds play and Falko Thelig orchestrated a perfect ally op pass to Taylor Brown who slammed home the ball as Frankfurt trailed 71-67. I am really not known for making dunks in games. I cant even remember the last ally-op dunk that I had. It was the perfect pass from Thelig, but that is what he is known for, smiled Taylor Brown. Frankfurt kept up the pressure, but time was running out. Thelig and Klein made shots and SC Rist Wedel had problems making free throws allowing Frankfurt to draw nearer trailing 74-71. After Hopkins made one free throw, Frankfurt trailed with 75-71 with 12 seconds to play. Brown then hit a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 75-74 with 0,8 seconds remaining. Johnson then missed both free throws as time ran out and SC Rist Wedel advanced to the next round of the playoffs. It sucks when there isnt enough time on the clock after my three pointer. Each game needs the 0 to come at the end. Too bad that we couldnt get off a good shot at the end, added Taylor Brown. Klein hit some big shots at the end, but we kept our nerves to win. I think that we wanted to win more, said Tobias Lange.

SC Rist Wedel were led by Davey Hopkins with 19 points. Augie Johnston contributed 18 points. Tobias Lange contributed 11 points and Fabian Bocke added 10 points and six rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners juniors were led by Taylor Brown and Konstantin Klein with 19 points a piece. Johannes Voigtmann had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. The Fraport Skyliners juniors finished their season shooting 41% from the field and 30$ from outside and lost the rebound battle 33-32. Despite having five extra possessions on account of the 14-19 turnover ratio, they couldnt take advantage of it. One thing Frankfurt showed all season long was their fighting mentality. Our biggest strength today was never giving up even when we were down by 17 points. Our defense on the ball was great and we held Johnston to half of what he made in the firstgame, expressed Taylor Brown. SC Rist Wedel Tobias Lange had seen Frankfurt twice and was impressed with the team. Frankfurt has many young players and I have followed their school program. I like their concept. The young players get to play. Too bad that they are out. They have a lot of potential, expressed Tobias Lange. The season of American Taylor Brown is also done, but he is positive about his season in the PRO B. My season was good. It was tough coming so late to the team and never practicing with the team since I only practiced with the Beko BBL team. I hope that I played well enough to be able to extend my career. The BBL is faster and more physical. I hope that one day I could show my skills at that level, stressed Taylor Brown.





Mavericks 104, Celtics 94: Nowitzki spoils Terry's return - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) scored 22 points, Shawn Marion had a double-double in his return from a calf injury and the Mavericks spoiled Jason Terry's return to Dallas with a 104-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Terry scored eight in his first game in Dallas since leaving for Boston in free agency. He was the latest key piece the Mavericks decided not to keep since beating Miami in the 2011 NBA finals.

Terry was known for 3-point shooting and clutch fourth quarters with the Mavericks, but he missed both 3-pointers for the game and was just 1 of 3 shooting without a try from long range in the final quarter.

Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass led Boston with 16 points apiece, and Bass added 11 rebounds.

The Mavericks kept their lead near the halftime margin of 11 until early in the fourth quarter, when Jordan Crawford (193-G-88, college: Xavier) hit a tough 3-pointer from the corner, then picked up a steal from Mike James near midcourt and made a reverse layup with Nowitzki in pursuit to pull Boston within six.

Brandan Wright led Dallas with a season-high 23 points and had a key strip on a drive by Jeff Green that led to a short jumper from Darren Collison for an 88-78 lead with 7:44 remaining.

The Celtics were within five in the final 2 minutes when Wright rebounded a miss from Vince Carter, and O.J. Mayo had all the time he needed to measure up a 3-pointer for a 100-92 lead while an injured Courtney Lee sat near him holding his left leg.

The Celtics were within six earlier in the fourth when Mayo hit a tough jumper with the shot clock expiring and Wright followed a miss with a dunk to push the lead to 10 again.

Marion, back after missing eight games with a left calf strain, had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Dallas went 5-3 without him but missed his defense, particularly in giving up 113 points in each of the last two games he was out. The Mavericks held the Celtics to 42 percent shooting and limited Pierce and Kevin Garnett to just 19 shots combined.

Marion had a rough start his first shot was an airball on a wide-open 3-pointer but he had seven rebounds in the first quarter and 10 before halftime.

The Celtics lost for the fifth time in seven games and slid closer to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, which would mean a likely first-round pairing with Miami. The Celtics have lost three straight, a skid that started with a loss to Miami when Boston let a 17-point lead slip away with a chance to end the Heat's winning streak at 22.
Carter closed the first half on a three-point play less than a second left, flipping the ball in off the backboard while being pulled down by Pierce after Nowitzki barely grazed the backboard on a fadeway shot. The play put Dallas up 55-44, and Carter joined Wright with 12 points apiece before halftime.

Nowitzki led Dallas with 14 in the first half, including a 3-pointer from a couple of feet behind the line late in the second quarter.

Terry struggled to get involved offensively in the first half, taking just two shots and finishing with four points. The Celtics shot just 37 percent in the first half but stayed close by making all 17 free throws. Brandon Bass, who led Boston with 10 first-half points, and Garnett were each 6 of 6 from the line. Garnett had eight first-half rebounds.

NOTES: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said G Rodrigue Beaubois was "probably" out for the season after surgery on a broken left hand, but wouldn't rule him out entirely. Beaubois was injured in Sunday's loss to Oklahoma City. ... Mayo is still Dallas' leading scorer, but he's been the top point man just twice in the past 20 games. He's been held to single digits three times this month. ... Green has 23 points combined in the two games since he scored a career-high 43 in Boston's loss to Miami. ... The Mavericks didn't trail in a game for the second time this season. The previous game was Jan. 14, a 113-98 win over Minnesota.

Courtesy of: www.metrowestdailynews.com



BBL Round 28: Leader Brose Bask. loses to Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Brose Bask. (21-5) recorded its fifth loss in Frankfurt on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventeenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-17) 77-64. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Brose Bask. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to sixteenth place. Brose Bask. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion still keeps top position with five games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Brose Bask. will play at home against LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked EWE Baskets (17-8) against ninth ranked Phoenix Hagen (14-13) on Friday night. Visiting EWE Baskets were defeated by Phoenix Hagen in a tough game in Hagen 67-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Dino Gregory contributed with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for EWE Baskets. Phoenix Hagen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Phoenix Hagen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#14) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bayern Muenchen (18-10) against eleventh ranked TBB Trier (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Bayern Muenchen was defeated by TBB Trier in a tough game in Trier 84-90. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Nate Linhart who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Tyrese Rice responded with 21 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TBB Trier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Loser Bayern Muenchen keeps the second position with ten games lost. TBB Trier will meet Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) on the road in the next round. Bayern Muenchen will play against Artland Dragons (#6) in Quakenbrueck and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Frankfurt, where 14th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-16) lost to seventeenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-17) in a road game 73-86. The winners were led by Ryan Brooks who scored that evening 16 points and 4 assists. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to sixteenth place. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Hagen, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (16-10) lost to ninth ranked Phoenix Hagen (14-13) in a road game 87-94 on Sunday. Larry Gordon fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Phoenix Hagen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face New Yorker Phantoms (#14) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 28 MBC defeated Neckar L'burg in Weissenfels 61-56. Bayreuth was smashed by s.Oliver Baskets at home 62-83.


Fraport SKY - Bremerhaven 86-73

We should mention about the upset which took place in Frankfurt, where 14th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-16) lost to seventeenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-17) in a road game 73-86. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 20 Eisbaeren Bremerhaven turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 16 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) supported him with 15 points. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 19 points and 5 assists by American point guard Stanley Burrell (191-84) did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The former international Philip Zwiener (201-85, agency: LUMANI 10.7) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to sixteenth place. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: S.Burrell 19+2reb+5ast, S.Morrison 13+6reb, P.Zwiener 13+9reb+3ast, S.Jackson 12+1reb, A.Drevo 9+6reb, J.Burtschi 3+2reb
Fraport SKY: D.Robinson 17+1reb+1ast, R.Brooks 16+2reb+4ast, Q.Robertson 15+1reb+3ast, L.Prowell 14+2reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 9+5reb+1ast, D.Gibson 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 237408


Phoenix Hagen - EWE Baskets 73-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked EWE Baskets (17-8) against ninth ranked Phoenix Hagen (14-13) on Friday night. Visiting EWE Baskets were defeated by Phoenix Hagen in a tough game in Hagen 67-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. Phoenix Hagen made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 EWE Baskets turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Dino Gregory (200-89, college: Maryland, agency: Two Points) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) added 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for EWE Baskets. Phoenix Hagen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Phoenix Hagen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#14) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+4reb+1ast, C.Kramer 17+7reb+4ast, J.Jenkins 9+2reb+4ast, A.Chubb 9+11reb, K.Wysocki 5+3reb+2ast, D.Joyce 3+3reb+3ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 16+8ast, A.Lodwick 12+3reb, L.Gordon 12+10reb, D.Gregory 10+10reb+4ast, A.Hess 9+7reb+1ast, M.Dorris 7+7reb
gschID: 237407


Neckar L'burg - MBC 56-61

There was no surprise when 17th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-18) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (12-15) 61-56 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-56. Mitteldeutscher BC dominated on the defensive end, holding EnBW Ludwigsburg to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) fired 7 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Steve Wachalski (202-83) chipped in 9 points. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Derrick Zimmerman (191-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC maintains twelfth position with 12-15 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 18 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play on the road against EWE Baskets (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: J.Turek 16+9reb+2ast, W.Bernard 12+1reb+2ast, D.Jackson 10+3reb, D.Zimmerman 8+6reb+4ast, L.Staiger 6+3reb+2ast, I.Elliott 2+11reb
MBC: O.Jeanty 11+1ast, S.Wachalski 9+4reb+1ast, P.Heyden 9+4reb, K.Beidler 7+6reb+3ast, D.Pantelic 6+4reb+3ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 184175


TBB Trier - B.Muenchen 90-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bayern Muenchen (18-10) against eleventh ranked TBB Trier (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Bayern Muenchen was defeated by TBB Trier in a tough game in Trier 84-90. Bayern Muenchen was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of TBB Trier, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron, agency: LUMANI 10.7) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) who added 21 points during the contest. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TBB Trier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Loser Bayern Muenchen keeps the second position with ten games lost. TBB Trier will meet Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#13) on the road in the next round. Bayern Muenchen will play against Artland Dragons (#6) in Quakenbrueck and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: T.Rice 21+3reb+4ast, B.Thomas 16+1reb, C.Troutman 13+5reb+1ast, J.Jagla 11+3reb+1ast, J.Homan 9+6reb+1ast, R.Benzing 9
TBB Trier: B.Stewart 21+3reb, B.Harper 17+4reb+2ast, N.Linhart 14+9reb+4ast, J.Howell 10+1reb+2ast, B.Doreth 8+1reb+3ast, A.Seiferth 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 184179


Phoenix Hagen - ALBA 94-87

An interesting game took place in Hagen, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (16-10) lost to ninth ranked Phoenix Hagen (14-13) in a road game 87-94 on Sunday. ALBA Berlin was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 35-24 charge of Phoenix Hagen, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Phoenix Hagen forced 23 ALBA Berlin turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Phoenix Hagen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) produced 21 points and Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Four Phoenix Hagen and five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face New Yorker Phantoms (#14) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 21+1reb+3ast, D.Thompson 18+6reb, A.Traore 14+6reb+2ast, N.Djedovic 13+6reb+6ast, H.Schaffartzik 13+1reb+3ast, Y.Idbihi 4+8reb+3ast
Phoenix Hagen: L.Gordon 19+5reb+5ast, A.Hess 17+3reb, D.White 16+2reb+4ast, D.Bell 14+2reb+2ast, M.Dorris 11+1reb, D.Gregory 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 184173


Fraport SKY - Brose Bask. 77-64

Top ranked Brose Bask. (21-5) recorded its fifth loss in Frankfurt on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventeenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-17) 77-64. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Brose Bask. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Naturalized Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to sixteenth place. Brose Bask. lost third consecutive game. Defending champion still keeps top position with five games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Brose Bask. will play at home against LTi 46ers (#18) in Giessen and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: A.Gavel 22+5reb+3ast, B.Nachbar 10+1ast, S.Ford 8+5reb, J.Massey 7+4reb, M.Walsh 7+9reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 4+3reb
Fraport SKY: D.Robinson 19, R.Brooks 13+8reb+3ast, Z.Peacock 12+10reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 10+6reb+4ast, D.Barthel 7+3reb+1ast, D.Gibson 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 184171


Bayreuth - s.Oliver Baskets 62-83

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked s Oliver Baskets (14-13) smashed on the road 15th ranked BBC Bayreuth (11-16) 83-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. BBC Bayreuth was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) fired 17 points for the winners. The other American import Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. Italian-American forward Joe Trapani (203-88, college: Boston Coll.) produced 9 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Nicolai Simon (190-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. Loser BBC Bayreuth dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face New Yorker Phantoms (#14) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: N.Simon 15+1reb, B.Bailey 11+1reb+4ast, J.Trapani 9+12reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 8+1reb, G.McGhee 7+5reb, K.Hamilton 3+4reb+4ast
s.Oliver Baskets: F.Robinson 17+3reb+3ast, J.Boone 14+2reb, D.Anderson 14+5reb+1ast, L.McIntosh 10+3reb+2ast, A.King 9+6reb, C.McNaughton 6+7reb
gschID: 184174



Alba and Ulm enter Beko BBL Pokal 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Alba and Ulm enter Beko BBL Pokal 2013.
ALBA Berlin overcame FC Bayern Munchen 92:83. The home side easily won three quarters and led 17 points after three quarters. FC Bayern Munchen managed to post 27-19 surge in the last stanza but could not win the game. Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up with 16 points, while Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) added 14. DaShaun Wood (185-PG-85, college: Wright St.) scored 13 and Schaffartzik Heiko posted 11. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) notched 17 points in the losing case, whilst HOMAN Jared nailed 16.
ratiopharm ulm overcame Artland Dragons 86:77. Trailing 1 point at the halftime, ratiopharm ulm needed a strong second half to seal the victory. ESTERKAMP Steven Michael stepped up with 17 points and John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) added 16. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and GuNTHER Per followed them with 12 points each in a win. KING Anthony replied with 16 points in defeat, while Popovic Petar brought 15.



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 19-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 17-3 
 3. Panionios 16-5 
 4. PAOK 16-5 
 5. AGOR 14-7 
 6. Ikaros 10-11 
 7. Aris 9-11 
 8. Apollon Patras 9-12 
 9. Ilysiakos 7-14 
 10. KAOD 7-14 
 11. Kolossos 6-15 
 12. Peristeri GS 5-15 
 13. Kavala 5-16 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 23: Panelefsiniakos - Panionios 76-72
Mar. 23: Ilysiakos - Apollon Patras 75-69
Mar. 23: Kolossos - Ikaros 69-73
Mar. 23: AGOR - PAOK 66-64
Mar. 23: Kavala - KAOD 60-71
Mar. 25: Aris - Olympiacos
Mar. 24: Panathinaikos - Peristeri GS


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Ilysiakos
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Stoglin, Ilysiakos22.2 
 2. Pappas, Panionios18.3 
 3. McCollum, Apollo.15.5 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros15.2 
 5. Liakopoulos, Panel.15.0 
 6. Dendy, Kolossos14.9 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.6 
 8. Coleman, Kavala14.1 
 9. Haralampidis, PAOK14.0 
 10. Gibson, Ikaros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.5 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 3. Anagonye, Ilysiak.7.4 
 4. Faye, Ikaros7.3 
 5. Jankovic, Panionios7.1 
 6. Coleman, Kavala6.8 
 7. Michel, KAOD6.6 
 8. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 9. Haritopoulos, PAOK5.9 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ar.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiacos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.2 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.1 
 5. Papantoniou, Peris.3.9 
 6. McGrath, PA.3.8 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pan.3.3 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos3.2 
 9. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.2 
 10. Kiritsis, Ikaros3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD2.6 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 4. McCollum, Apollo.1.7 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 6. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 7. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 8. Knowles, KAOD1.5 
 9. Liakopoulos, Panel.1.4 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petway, AGOR2.7 
 2. Michel, KAOD1.6 
 3. Coleman, Kavala1.4 
 4. Lasme, Panathin.1.2 
 5. Faye, Ikaros1.2 
 6. Achara, Kavala1.2 
 7. Turner, Apollon1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Jankovic, Panioni.0.9 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 17-4 
 2. Filathlitikos 17-4 
 3. Trikalla 17-4 
 4. Koroivos 14-7 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 12-9 
 6. Lavrio 12-9 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 11-10 
 8. Pagrati 10-11 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 8-13 
 10. Arkadikos 8-13 
 11. Irakleio 6-15 
 12. OFI 6-15 
 13. Niki Volou 5-16 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 23: Trikalla - Ermis Lagkada 93-79
Mar. 23: Pagrati - Doxa Lefkadas 88-72
Mar. 23: Filathlitikos - Arkadikos 87-79
Mar. 23: Agia Paraskevis - OFI 76-73
Mar. 23: Lavrio - Niki Volou 68-65
Mar. 23: Ikaroi Serron - Koroivos 63-65
Mar. 23: Irakleio - Nea Kifisia 62-70


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.20.4 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.19.5 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.8 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lav.16.8 
 5. Vranjes, Pagrati16.7 
 6. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.3 
 7. Psileas, Agia P.15.9 
 8. Kitsoulis, OFI15.8 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi15.1 
 10. Kaklamanos, Trika.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.6 
 2. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.7 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.8.7 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.2 
 5. Sklavos, Pagrati8.1 
 6. Manousos, Doxa L.8.0 
 7. Cubrilo, Arkadikos7.5 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 9. Sigounas, Arkadikos7.3 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.6.0 
 2. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.9 
 3. Karydas, Koroivos5.3 
 4. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.7 
 6. Mavrogiannis, Niki3.6 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos3.5 
 8. Petrakis, OFI3.4 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.3 
 10. Cosic, Koroivos3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thodoris TSIOTRAS
  Arkadikos
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.8 
 2. Katsares, Trikalla2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Pagrati2.1 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.0 
 5. Ioakeimidis, Ermis1.9 
 6. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 7. Gikas, Filathlitik.1.8 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.6 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.6 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.1 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.0 
 3. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 4. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 5. Sakellarakis, Irak.0.7 
 6. Manousos, Doxa L.0.7 
 7. Antetokoubo, Filat.0.7 
 8. Pavlovic, Pagrati0.7 
 9. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 10. Charismidis, Trik.0.7 



*****************************************************
  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

A Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Albacomp 3-0 
 2. Atomeromu 2-1 
 3. Szolnok 2-1 
 4. Kaposvari 1-2 
 5. Kormend 1-2 
 6. Jaszberenyi 0-3 
Places 7-13
 1. Falco-Szova 13-11 
 2. Soproni 12-12 
 3. PVSK Pannon 11-12 
 4. ZTE KK 10-14 
 5. Szedeak 9-15 
 6. Marso NYKK 9-16 
 7. FS Debrecen 2-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Places 1-6

Mar. 20: Szolnok - Kormend 96-73
Mar. 23: Atomeromu - Jaszberenyi 89-86
Mar. 23: Kaposvari - Albacomp 81-89

Places 7-13

Mar. 23: Szedeak - ZTE KK 92-79
Mar. 22: Marso NYKK - PVSK Pannon 82-88
Mar. 20: FS Debrecen - Soproni 42-90

Second Stage: Round 4

Places 1-6

Mar. 27: Albacomp - Atomeromu
Mar. 27: Kaposvari - Szolnok
Mar. 27: Jaszberenyi - Kormend

Places 7-13

Mar. 25: FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon
Mar. 26: ZTE KK - FS Debrecen
Mar. 27: Soproni - Szedeak


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-G/F-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Swanston, Kapos.20.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari20.1 
 3. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari20.0 
 5. Wood, Albacomp19.5 
 6. Legion, PVSK P.19.5 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.18.9 
 8. Copeland, ZTE K.18.8 
 9. Nelson, Marso N.18.8 
 10. Shaw, Kormend18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.8.9 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.8.8 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.4 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.0 
 6. Csorvasi, Szedeak7.9 
 7. Keller, Albacomp7.9 
 8. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 9. Shaw, Kormend7.4 
 10. Markovic, Jaszber.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (189-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 2. Moore, Albacomp6.4 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari6.3 
 4. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.7 
 5. Thomas, Soproni5.7 
 6. Nelson, Marso N.5.2 
 7. Copeland, ZTE K.5.2 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.2 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.7 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony NELSON
  Marso N.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nelson, Marso N.3.3 
 2. Dunn, Kaposvari3.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.2.3 
 4. Moore, Albacomp2.3 
 5. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 6. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.2 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.8 
 8. Jones, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Mohacsi, Marso N.1.7 
 10. Loesing, PVSK P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 2. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Shaw, Kormend0.7 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 
 6. Idlet, Atomeromu0.7 
 7. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 8. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 9. Toth, Atomeromu0.6 
 10. Ivosev, Falco-Sz.0.6 


Bennet Davis moved to Puerto Rico - by Tamas Deri

The 29 years old, 206 cm tall big man started this season with Palencia Baloncesto in the LEB Gold (Spain), but left the team after the pre-season and agreed with NYKK in our country. The very strong power forward from Bahamas played 24 games for coach Ferenczi's team and helped with 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds in 36.8 minutes per game. He had amazing 8 double-doubles in the season, scored a season high 29 points on the 19th of December against Szeged and grabbed 15 rebounds on the 5th of January against Kaposvar. Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and his agency asked for the player's release last week as he got a good offer from Puerto Rico and will finish the season with Santurce.


A Division Round 3 (Second Stage): Atomeromu beats Jaszberenyi by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 3 in the A Division took place in Paks. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of bottom-ranked Jaszberenyi (0-3) to third ranked Atomeromu (2-1) 89-86 on Saturday evening. Jaszberenyi was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 31-22 charge of Atomeromu, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. The former international Gergely Koertelyesi (202-83, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 assists for Jaszberenyi. Atomeromu moved-up to second place in Division. Jaszberenyi at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Atomeromu are looking forward to face league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jaszberenyi will play at home against Kormend (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for Albacomp (3-0) which played road game in Kaposvar against 4th placed Kaposvari (1-2). Leader Albacomp managed to get a 8-point victory 89-81. It was a great evening for American forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Damian Hollis helped adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) with 22 points and 9 assists. Albacomp maintains first place in Division with 3-0 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Albacomp will play against league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kaposvari will play at home against Szolnok in Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Szeged was also quite interesting. 4th placed ZTE KK (10-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Szedeak (9-15). Szedeak defeated ZTE KK 92-79 on Saturday. Szedeak moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser ZTE KK keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Szedeak will meet league's second-placed Soproni on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play against FS Debrecen and hope to secure a win.
The game in Nyiregyhazi was also worth to mention about. Third ranked PVSK Pannon (11-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Marso NYKK (9-16). PVSK Pannon managed to secure a 6-point victory 88-82. The best player for the winners was Norbert Toth who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. PVSK Pannon maintains third place in Division with 11-12 record having just -28 point less than leader Albacomp. Marso NYKK at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be FS Debrecen (#7) on the road.
The game in Debrecen supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Soproni (12-12) played at the court of 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-22). Soproni smashed FS Debrecen 90-42 on Wednesday. It was a good game for Dontay Thomas who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Soproni maintains second place in Division with 12-12 record having just -30 point less than leader Albacomp. Loser FS Debrecen keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. Soproni will face Szedeak (#5) in Szeged in the next round. FS Debrecen will play on the road against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg.

In the last game of round 3
In Division Kormend was smashed by Szolnok on the road 96-73.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals by Mate Mohacsi of Marso NYKK.


Places 1-6
Atomeromu - Jaszberenyi 89-86

The most exciting game of round 3 in the A Division took place in Paks. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of bottom-ranked Jaszberenyi (0-3) to third ranked Atomeromu (2-1) 89-86 on Saturday evening. Jaszberenyi was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 31-22 charge of Atomeromu, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. The former international Gergely Koertelyesi (202-83, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 assists and power forward Balint Horti (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Five Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Atomeromu moved-up to second place in Division. Jaszberenyi at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Atomeromu are looking forward to face league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jaszberenyi will play at home against Kormend (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: M.Rakic 23+3reb+12ast, B.Horti 16+11reb+2ast, M.Markovic 16+6reb+2ast, R.Dramicanin 11+7reb+2ast, R.Torok 10+1reb, G.Soos 10+2reb+3ast
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 28+4reb+2ast, G.Koertelyesi 20+1reb+2ast, J.Levy 14+4reb+3ast, T.Kaman 7+4reb, B.Kerpel-Fronius 6, S.Idlet 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 234747


Kaposvari - Albacomp 81-89

An interesting game for Albacomp (3-0) which played road game in Kaposvar against 4th placed Kaposvari (1-2). Leader Albacomp managed to get a 8-point victory 89-81. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Albacomp outrebounded Kaposvari 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) helped adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) with 22 points and 9 assists and the other American import point guard Anthony Kyle (175-81, college: Miles) scored 30 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Albacomp maintains first place in Division with 3-0 record. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Albacomp will play against league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kaposvari will play at home against Szolnok in Szolnok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: A.Kyle 30+4reb, C.Dunn 22+4reb+9ast, R.Hendlein 14+10reb+3ast, M.Spica 11+5reb+1ast, K.Kiss 2, G.David 2+1reb
Albacomp: D.Hollis 20+7reb+1ast, R.Moore 19+2reb+5ast, K.Smith 19+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 17+11reb, A.Keller 9+6reb, Z.Szabo 5+3reb
gschID: 234746


Szolnok - Kormend 96-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Szolnok and 5th ranked Kormend had identical 1-1 record. This time Szolnok used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Kormend 96-73 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Kormend was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szolnok dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Kormend's players. It was a good game for American forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 9 assists. International power forward Miklos Szabo (205-86, college: Hofstra, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV, agency: Two Points) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kormend. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion (2-1) moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Kormend keeps the fifth position with two games lost. Szolnok will face Kaposvari (#4) on the road in the next round. Kormend will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: K.Austin 21+3reb, M.Shaw 21+9reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 9+2reb+4ast, A.Rujak 5+6reb+5ast, A.Farkas 5+2reb+1ast, T.Kocsis 4+1reb
Szolnok: M.Szabo 15+7reb, L.Markovic 14+1reb, A.Horvath 14+4reb+1ast, E.Kalve 13+4reb+2ast, B.Gay 11+4reb+9ast, M.Bader 6+7reb+4ast
gschID: 234745


Places 7-13
Szedeak - ZTE KK 92-79

The game in Szeged was also quite interesting. 4th placed ZTE KK (10-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Szedeak (9-15). Szedeak defeated ZTE KK 92-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Szedeak. ZTE KK managed to win fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szedeak moved-up to fifth place in Division. Loser ZTE KK keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Szedeak will meet league's second-placed Soproni on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play against FS Debrecen and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 234773


Marso NYKK - PVSK Pannon 82-88

The game in Nyiregyhazi was also worth to mention about. Third ranked PVSK Pannon (11-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Marso NYKK (9-16). PVSK Pannon managed to secure a 6-point victory 88-82. Marso NYKK was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. PVSK Pannon dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Marso NYKK's 34. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90, agency: TSS Management) who recorded 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals and Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) added 26 points and 8 rebounds respectively. PVSK Pannon maintains third place in Division with 11-12 record having just -28 point less than leader Albacomp. Marso NYKK at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be FS Debrecen (#7) on the road.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: M.Mohacsi 31+6reb+4ast, M.Berkis 26+8reb+2ast, L.Polyak 14+3reb+2ast, C.Kaluha 8+3reb, A.Nelson 3+6reb+8ast, M.Molnar 0
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 24+11reb, B.Loesing 21+5reb+6ast, T.Hendley 18+8reb+1ast, P.Kovacs 12+2reb+4ast, K.Nagy 6+4reb+1ast, A.Halasz 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 234772


FS Debrecen - Soproni 42-90

The game in Debrecen supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Soproni (12-12) played at the court of 7th ranked FS Debrecen (2-22). Soproni smashed FS Debrecen 90-42 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Soproni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding FS Debrecen to just 6 points in second quarter. Soproni held FS Debrecen to an opponent 23.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 59.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Soproni had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Norbert Takacs (197-90, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Soproni players scored in double figures. Forward Georgy Cseh (208-87) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Andras Helmeczi (195-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for FS Debrecen. Soproni maintains second place in Division with 12-12 record having just -30 point less than leader Albacomp. Loser FS Debrecen keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. Soproni will face Szedeak (#5) in Szeged in the next round. FS Debrecen will play on the road against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: G.Cseh 14+6reb+2ast, A.Helmeczi 7+5reb+1ast, V.Vas 7, M.Medve 4+7reb, I.Keresztesi 3, I.Kovacs 3+1reb+1ast
Soproni: N.Takacs 18+1reb+4ast, D.Thomas 17+5reb+4ast, A.Molnar 15+4reb+1ast, R.Keresztes 12+5reb+1ast, C.Hinkle 10+6reb, G.Toth 9
gschID: 234771



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Pitts, KFI33.5 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.27.0 
 3. Palm, IR26.5 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl25.9 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.1 
 6. Jackson, Thor Thorl22.8 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.7 
 8. Craion, Keflavik22.7 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan21.6 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Van, Njardvik15.1 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.8 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Baptist, Keflavik10.5 
 5. Virijevic, KFI10.0 
 6. Valentine, Tindast.10.0 
 7. McQueen, Snaefell9.7 
 8. Mills, Stjarnan9.3 
 9. Broussard, Grind.9.0 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.3 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan8.5 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.0 
 4. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.3 
 6. Williams, IR5.6 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.6 
 8. Medlock, Skallagri.4.8 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Williams, IR2.6 
 3. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 5. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 6. Threatt, Snaefell2.0 
 7. Craion, Keflavik2.0 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.2.0 
 9. Viggosson, Tindast.1.9 
 10. Frye, Stjarnan1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.2 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.2 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.8 
 4. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 5. Baptist, Keflavik1.3 
 6. Van, Njardvik1.3 
 7. Acox, KR1.2 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 9. Valentine, Tindast.1.1 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.0 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Haukar 14-3 
 2. Valur 13-3 
 3. Hamar 13-4 
 4. Hottur 12-5 
 5. Breidablik 9-9 
 6. Thor AK 8-7 
 7. FSU 7-10 
 8. IA 3-14 
 9. Augnablik 3-14 
 10. Reynir S. 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 22: Breidablik - Thor AK 89-68
Mar. 22: Hamar - FSU 84-83
Mar. 22: Reynir S. - IA 74-82
Mar. 22: Hottur - Haukar 70-98
Mar. 22: Augnablik - Valur 68-76


Haukar Div 1 Champions - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Haukar are Division 1 Champions 2013 after they beat Hottur in last round of the regular season 70-98. Haukar will move up to Dominos league next season.
Austin Bracey was Hottur leading scorer 20 pts. Terrence Watson 22 for Haukar.
Other results.
Augnablik 68 Valur 76. Leifur Arnason leading scorer for Augnablik 20. Ragnar Gylfason 15 for Valur
Breidablik 89 Thor 68. Atli Gunnarsson 19 for Breidablik. Olafur Ingvason 17 for Thor
Reynir 74. IA 82. Gudmundur Gunnarson 31 fro Reynir. Hordur Nikulasson 20 for IA
Hamar 84. FSU 83. Orn Sigurdson 22 for Hamar. Ari Gylfason 22 for FSU.

Augnablik & Reynir drop down to 2nd league.
Play-offs for spot in Dominos league next season is between Valur vs Thor & Hamar vs Hottur



Play-offs - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

On Thursday youngster Martin Hermannson (1994) shined in KR big win against Thor with 33 points, on Friday it was another youngster Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) (1994) who was the star even his team lost. Fridrikson put up 35 points in Njardvik loss 79-78 against Snaefell. It did look like Njardvik was going to win that game but Snaefell manage to score the last 7 points of the game to win by 1 point. Marcus Van also had good game with 17 points and 24 rebounds. For Snaefell Ryan Amaroso 27 points and Jay Threatt 22.
In the other game Grindavik beat Skallagrim 103-86. It was as easy game for the regular season winner as was expected.
Aaron Broussard put in 27 points. Johann Olafsson and Samuel Zeglinski 23 Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 22 for Grindavik. Carlos Medlock 32, Pall Vilbergsson 26 for Skallagrim



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 23-4 
 2. Matera 18-9 
 3. Agrigento 15-11 
 4. Castelletto 15-11 
 5. Casalpusterlengo 14-11 
 6. Treviglio 14-12 
 7. Lucca 14-12 
 8. Reggio Calabr. 13-12 
 9. Bari 13-12 
 10. Omegna 13-13 
 11. Firenze 12-13 
 12. Ferrara 12-15 
 13. Recanati 11-14 
 14. Mirandola 11-15 
 15. Chieti 11-15 
 16. San Severo 9-18 
 17. Latina Basket 9-18 
 18. Perugia 8-19 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 23: Omegna - Ferrara 59-65
Mar. 24: Treviglio - Casalpusterlengo
Mar. 24: Lucca - Recanati
Mar. 24: Reggio Calabr. - Firenze
Mar. 24: Mirandola - Bari
Mar. 24: Chieti - Torino
Mar. 24: Latina Basket - San Severo
Mar. 24: Agrigento - Matera


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.8 
 2. Casadei, Firenze16.7 
 3. Parente, Lucca16.5 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.2 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Tor.15.7 
 6. Ruggiero, Bari15.6 
 7. Gueye, San Severo15.6 
 8. Bolzonella, Castel.15.5 
 9. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 10. Benfatto, Ferrara15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.0 
 2. Iannilli, San Seve.10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.2 
 4. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.2 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.1 
 8. Mancin, Mirandola7.4 
 9. Casadei, Firenze7.4 
 10. Ricci, Casalpus.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.5.5 
 2. Losi, Mirandola5.4 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.8 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.7 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.6 
 6. Caroldi, Firenze3.6 
 7. Rajola, Chieti3.4 
 8. Cantone, Matera3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.3.1 
 10. Santolamazza, Lat.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Reggio C.
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Piazza, Reggio C.4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 4. Gueye, San Severo2.8 
 5. Vico, Matera2.8 
 6. Parente, Lucca2.8 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze2.7 
 8. Ihedioha, Castelle.2.7 
 9. Losi, Mirandola2.6 
 10. Ferrarese, Trevig.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.6 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.0 
 3. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 4. Iannuzzi, Matera0.9 
 5. Iannilli, San Seve.0.9 
 6. Gagliardo, Latina0.8 
 7. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 8. Pazzi, Castelletto0.7 
 9. Wojciechowsk., Tor.0.7 
 10. Casadei, Firenze0.7 



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 33-8 
 2. Toyota Alvark 31-10 
 3. Toshiba BT 27-14 
 4. Hitachi SR 22-19 
 5. Panasonic T. 21-20 
 6. Tochigi Brex 12-29 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-29 
 8. Hokkaido L. 6-35 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 23: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 98-63
Mar. 23: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 69-58
Mar. 23: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 61-55
Mar. 23: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 56-53
Mar. 24: Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T.
Mar. 24: Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L.
Mar. 24: Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR
Mar. 24: Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba21.7 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi18.6 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.17.1 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.3 
 6. Smith, Hitachi SR14.6 
 7. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.5 
 8. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.1 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.5 
 2. Watkins, Panasoni.12.3 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba12.2 
 4. Oyedeji, Tochigi B.10.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.4 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota7.4 
 8. Smith, Hitachi SR7.3 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Abe, Hokkaido L.3.7 
 4. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.2 
 5. Tsuji, Toshiba BT3.1 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 8. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tomokazu ABE
  Hokkaido L.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Abe, Hokkaido L.2.0 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.7 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.2 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.2 
 7. Catron, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.1 
 10. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.2 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.4 
 3. Rolle, Mitsubis.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 7. Fazekas, Toshiba0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.6 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.6 



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  JUCO   


Central Florida Defeats NW Florida for DI Men's Basketball Crown - by Eurobasket News

In a historic battle between two dominant programs from the sunshine state, the Patriots of the College of Central Florida prevailed 74-69 over Northwest Florida State College Saturday night (March 23d) to win the 2013 NJCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan.

Led by a 23-point performance from Tournament MVP Eugene McCrory and solid defense, the Patriots claimed the programs first national title by prevailing over a very familiar foe. The two teams battled in the semifinals of the Region 8 Tournament earlier this month with Central Florida earning a 74-71 win. The Patriots then won the Region 8 Championship to qualify for Hutchinson, while the Raiders waited to be tabbed as an at-large selection.

The Patriots patiently played their style in the first half, taking a 43-33 lead at intermission. Central Floridas defense held Chris Jones from Northwest Florida State to zero points in the first half.

Central Florida stretched its lead to 15 points in the second half with just over 16 minutes left in the contest. Fans were then treated to yet another exciting scoring blitz by Chris Jones, who dazzled fans all week leading the Raiders to come-from-behind victories against New Mexico JC and Iowa Western.

Jones sparked an 11-1 run, of which he scored eight, to cut Central Floridas lead to three points. However, that would be as close as the Raiders would come to the Patriots.

Central Floridas zone defense tightened up and Northwest Floridas shooting went cold. McCrorys strong dunk in the final minute of the game put an exclamation point on the night for the Patriots.

Along with McCrory, three other Patriots were in double-figures for scoring. Rasham Suarez had 17 points and three assists. Jeremiah Eason had a game-high 16 rebounds to go with 11 points and Will Saunders came off the bench and contributed 10.

The Patriot defense held Northwest Florida State to 33.5 percent shooting from the field, including 22.9 percent from three-point range. Elgin Cook led the Raiders with 14 points. Lamin Fulton scored 13 and Jones finished with 12.

The national title match-up between the two Florida rivals marked the first time since 1955 that two teams from the same state have battled in Hutchinson for the national championship.

For more on the tournament visit NJCAA DI Mens Basketball National Championship Page. All games from the tournament can be seen via video archive on NJCAA TV.

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
Eugene McCrory, College of Central Florida

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Devin Brooks, Iowa Western CC
Darius Carter, Vincennes University
Elgin Cook, Northwest Florida State College
Ronell Crockett (6'3''-G), Spartanburg Methodist College
DeShawn Delaney, Vincennes University
Cameron Forte, Howard College
Tevin Glass, Northwest Florida State College
Jamal Jacobs, Lee College
DaQuan Jefferies, Spartanburg Methodist College
Chris Jones, Northwest Florida State College
DesJuan Newton, Central Arizona College
Rasham Swarez, College of Central Florida

BUD OBEE OUTSTANDING SMALL PLAYER AWARD
Deandre Mathieu, Central Arizona College

CHARLES SESHER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Travis Black (6'3''-PG), Spartanburg Methodist College

COACH OF THE TOURNAMENT
Tim Ryan , College of Central Florida
Courtesy of: http://www.njcaa.org



Red-Hot Shooting Leads to DII Men's Basketball Title for Rend Lake - by Eurobasket News

Rend Lake College (Ill.) rushed to a 19-3 lead en route to an impressive 87-69 win over Moraine Valley Community College (Ill.) in the title game of the 2013 NJCAA Division II Mens Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday (March 23rd) in Danville, Ill. The national championship is the first in program history for Rend Lake.

The Warriors three-point shooting was pivotal to their big lead in the first half, shooting over 50 percent (6-of-11) from long distance. RLCs shooting overall was most impressive as they found the bottom of the net on 32-of-62 field goal attempts (51.6%) for the game.

Cortez Macklin (6'3''-G) led the Warriors with 19 points and eight rebounds. Bronson Verhines (6'7''-F) posted a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Jeril Taylor (6'4''-G) had 15 points and Noel Allen added 12. Dawson Verhines (6'3''-G) was credited with eight assists.

The Rend Lake defense held Moraine Valley to 34.7 percent shooting from the field. Darryl Hervey led the Cyclones with 17 points. Dave Williams added 13 and Karrington Ward had 11 points to go with 11 rebounds.

The title game matchup between the two Illinois programs marks the first time two teams from the same state have played for the national championship in NJCAA Division II mens basketball.

For more on the tournament visit NJCAA DII Mens Basketball National Championship Page. All games from the tournament can be seen via video archive on NJCAA TV.

TOURNAMENT MVP
Bronson Verhines, Rend Lake

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Fred Mattison (6'7''-F), Mott CC
Kevin Williams (5'7''-G), Louisburg College
Bryce Walker (5'9''-G), South Suburban College
Dallas Gary (6'5''-G/F), Monroe CC
Joe Retic II, Owens CC
Wendell Pierre (6'2''-G), Brown Mackie College
Rico Spikes (6'3''-G), Brown Mackie College
Arnold Fripp (6'7''-F), Monroe CC
Darryl Hervy, Moraine Valley CC
Jeril Taylor, Rend Lake College
Karington Ward Moraine Valley CC
Cortez Macklin Rend Lake College

JACK CISTRIANO BEST SMALL MAN AWARD
Bryce Walker, South Suburban College

FRED POHLMAN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Dawson Verhines, Rend Lake College

COACH OF THE TOURNAMENT
Randy House, Rend Lake College
Courtesy of: http://www.njcaa.org



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 26-3 
 2. Al Sahel 25-4 
 3. Al Qadsia 25-4 
 4. Kazma 23-6 
 5. Al Jahraa 19-12 
 6. Al Arabi 16-14 
 7. Al Yarmook 14-16 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 11-19 
 9. Al Nasar 8-21 
 10. Al Tadhamon 4-25 
 11. Al Salmiyah 4-27 
 12. Al Shabab 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 47

Mar. 24: Kazma - Al Shabab
Mar. 24: Al Salmiyah - Al Yarmook
Mar. 24: Al Sahel - Al Qadsia
Mar. 24: Al Nasar - Al Sulaibikhat


D1 Round 46: Al Sahel crushes Al Salmiyah by record 36 points - by Eurobasket News

The game with biggest result difference took place in Abu Halifa. Local Al Sahel (25-4) outscored 11th ranked Al Salmiyah (4-27) 88-52 on Wednesday night. Al Sahel have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-4 record behind leader Al Kuwait, which they share with Al Qadsia. Al Salmiyah lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 27 games lost. Al Sahel is looking forward to face Al Qadsia (#3) in Kuwait City in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Al Salmiyah will play at home against Al Yarmook (#7) in Yarmouk and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.

Rest of the games of round 46 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Al Tadhamon was defeated by Al Yarmook in Yarmouk 77-59. Al Jahraa beat Al Shabab at home 89-76. Al Sulaibikhat was destroyed by Al Qadsia on the opponent's court 82-60.


Al Yarmook - Al Tadhamon 77-59

There was no surprise in Yarmouk where 10th ranked Al Tadhamon (4-25) was defeated by seventh ranked Al Yarmook (14-16) 77-59 on Wednesday. Al Yarmook maintains seventh position with 14-16 record. Al Tadhamon at the other side keeps the tenth place with 25 games lost. Al Yarmook are looking forward to face Al Salmiyah (#11) on the road in the next round. Al Tadhamon will have a break next round.
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Al Jahraa - Al Shabab 89-76

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Al Jahraa (19-12) defeated at home bottom-ranked Al Shabab (2-26) 89-76 on Wednesday. Al Jahraa maintains fifth position with 19-12 record. Al Shabab lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Al Jahraa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Shabab will play on the road against Kazma (#4) in Kuwait City and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
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Al Qadsia - Al Sulaibikhat 82-60

Very expected game in Kuwait City where 8th ranked Al Sulaibikhat (11-19) was rolled over by third ranked Al Qadsia (25-4) 82-60 on Wednesday. Al Qadsia have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Sulaibikhat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 19 games lost. Al Qadsia is looking forward to face league's second-placed Al Sahel in Abu Halifa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al Sulaibikhat will play on the road against Al Nasar (#9) in An Nasr and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 237176


Al Sahel - Al Salmiyah 88-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Abu Halifa. Local Al Sahel (25-4) outscored 11th ranked Al Salmiyah (4-27) 88-52 on Wednesday night. Al Sahel have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-4 record behind leader Al Kuwait, which they share with Al Qadsia. Al Salmiyah lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 27 games lost. Al Sahel is looking forward to face Al Qadsia (#3) in Kuwait City in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Al Salmiyah will play at home against Al Yarmook (#7) in Yarmouk and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
gschID: 237174



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Jekabpils 18-10 
 2. Barons kvartals 18-10 
 3. Valmiera 17-12 
 4. VEF Riga 13-1 
 5. Ventspils 13-2 
 6. Jelgava 13-15 
 7. LU 13-17 
 8. Jurmala 11-18 
 9. Liepaja 11-18 
 10. Turiba 10-19 
 11. U18 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 34

Mar. 23: Valmiera - Jelgava 99-71
Mar. 20: Liepaja - Jelgava 94-112
Mar. 20: Jurmala - Turiba 85-87
Mar. 20: Jekabpils - LU 72-67
Mar. 24: LU - Jekabpils


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (204-G-90)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Peiners, LU20.2 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.7 
 3. Cain, Barons k.16.1 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils15.9 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera15.6 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils15.5 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils15.2 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala14.6 
 9. Timma, Ventspils14.0 
 10. Brown, Jurmala13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.11.1 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.1 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Butjankovs, Valmi.7.6 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.3 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala7.1 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.1 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera7.1 
 10. Hlebowicki, Jekab.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Jekabpils
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.2 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga3.7 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.5 
 5. Peiners, LU3.4 
 6. Sims, Ventspils3.3 
 7. Timma, Ventspils3.1 
 8. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 9. Metra, Barons k.3.1 
 10. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STRELNIEKS
  VEF R.
  (196-SG-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strelnieks, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Peiners, LU1.9 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 4. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.8 
 5. Cain, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Miezis, Barons k.1.6 
 7. Mizis, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Ginters, U181.5 
 9. Timma, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  Barons k.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cain, Barons k.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Barons k.1.4 
 3. Meiers, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Pasecniks, U180.9 
 7. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.8 
 10. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF-LSPA 24-4 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 22-6 
 3. Saldus 19-7 
 4. VeA 19-9 
 5. RSU 18-9 
 6. Kvele 15-12 
 7. Ogres 15-13 
 8. ViA Riga 14-14 
 9. VEF skola 11-14 
 10. Liepaja-2 10-18 
 11. DSN 9-18 
 12. Gulbene 8-17 
 13. Livani 8-19 
 14. Ridzene 6-19 
 15. Valmiera BSS 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 36

Mar. 23: VEF skola - Ogres 91-96
Mar. 23: Valmiera BSS - Liepaja-2 91-78
Mar. 21: Ogres - Saldus 87-66
Mar. 22: ViA - Liepaja-2 85-88
Mar. 23: Saldus - VeA 64-54


Rudupis paved their way through to the Baltic League Final - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Barons kvartals 110:80

Rudupis paved their way through to the Baltic League Final. In Game 2 of the Semifinals the Lithuanian team overcame Barons kvartals 110:80 that was enough to advance after two games.
Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Nauris Miezis added 8 points respectively for the guests.
In the Final game Rudupis will face Ventspils that prevailed against Kalev/Cramo on aggregate and advanced into the title game. The Latvian side grabbed a 78:65 win and headed to the Finals.

Rudupis: Gintaras Kadziulis 20, Gediminas Orelikas 18, Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) 14, Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) 13, Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) 12, Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) 11
Barons kvartals: Tyler Cain 18+10reb, Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) 9, Ilmars Bergmanis (184-PG-81) 9



Ventspils prevailed against Kalev/Cramo on aggregate - by Eurobasket News

Baltic League:
Ventspils - Kalev/Cramo 78:65


Ventspils prevailed against Kalev/Cramo on aggregate and advanced into the title game. The Latvian side grabbed a 78:65 win and headed to the Finals.
It looked good early as Kalev/Cramo took a 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ventspils had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Kalev/Cramo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-78. Ventspils made 18-of-20 charity shots during the game. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 41-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bamba Fall (217-C-86, college: SMU) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Ty Abbott (192-G-88, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points in the effort for Kalev/Cramo.
Ventspils will take on Rudupis in the Final that paved their way through to the Baltic League Final. In Game 2 of the Semifinals the Lithuanian team overcame Barons kvartals 110:80 that was enough to advance after two games.

Ventspils: Donald Sims 23, Folarin Campbell 13+11rebs, Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) 11
Kalev/Cramo: Ty Abbott 12, Bamba Fall 11+10rebs, Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82, college: Utah St.) 10



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 21-2 
 2. Sagesse 19-3 
 3. Champville 15-8 
 4. Moutahed 14-8 
 5. Amchit 12-11 
 6. Byblos 12-11 
 7. Hoops 6-17 
 8. Bejjeh 6-17 
 9. Anibal 2-16 
 10. Antranik 2-16 

Second Stage: Round 5

Mar. 22: Hoops - Bejjeh 95-81
Mar. 23: Al Riyadi - Byblos 92-78
Mar. 23: Amchit - Champville 78-94
Mar. 24: Moutahed - Sagesse


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 35.7
 1. Emmett, Amchit35.7 
 2. Harper, Sagesse27.0 
 3. Blair, Hoops26.9 
 4. Gray, Anibal26.3 
 5. Khatib, Champville25.3 
 6. Williams, Bejjeh23.3 
 7. Ampim, Antranik23.2 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos23.0 
 9. Perry, Hoops21.9 
 10. Sims, Sagesse21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Fraser, Byblos17.5 
 2. Ampim, Antranik12.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi11.8 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.11.4 
 5. Jamison, Bejjeh10.6 
 6. Perry, Hoops10.1 
 7. Sims, Sagesse9.7 
 8. Khazzouh, Sagesse9.4 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi9.3 
 10. Salyers, Moutahed9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blair, Hoops6.5 
 2. Chatfield, Mouta.6.2 
 3. Akl, Sagesse6.0 
 4. Williams, Bejjeh5.9 
 5. Fahed, Moutahed5.5 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik5.2 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos5.2 
 9. Khatib, Champville5.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Blair, Hoops3.1 
 2. Williams, Bejjeh2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Byblos2.2 
 4. Emmett, Amchit2.1 
 5. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.8 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik1.7 
 8. Gray, Anibal1.7 
 9. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.0 
 3. Fraser, Byblos1.8 
 4. Khazzouh, Sagesse1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.4 
 6. Ampim, Antranik1.1 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi0.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed0.9 
 9. Terry, Champville0.8 
 10. Freije, Amchit0.7 



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Standings
Group D
 1. Lanus 3-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 2-1 
 3. Mavort 1-2 
 4. Flamengo 0-3 
Group E
 1. Arecibo 1-1 
 2. Brasilia 1-1 
 3. Pioneros 1-1 
 4. S.Jose/Unimed 1-1 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Mar. 23: Arecibo - Pioneros 75-96
Mar. 23: S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia 61-82

Second Stage: Round 6

Mar. 24: S.Jose/Unimed - Arecibo
Mar. 24: Pioneros - Brasilia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-SF-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vieira, Flamengo24.6 
 2. Becker, S.Jose/U.19.6 
 3. Vassallo, Arecibo19.6 
 4. Stallworth, Pinhei.19.5 
 5. Smith, Pinheiro.19.3 
 6. Guzman, Mavort19.0 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.16.6 
 8. Benite, Flamengo16.2 
 9. Silva, Brasilia16.2 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caio SILVEIRA
  Flamengo
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Silveira, Flamengo8.8 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.8.5 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasil.7.8 
 4. Battle, Lanus7.7 
 5. Graterol, Arecibo7.6 
 6. Becker, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 7. Guzman, Mavort7.2 
 8. Hernandez, Pioneros6.8 
 9. Rodriguez, Flame.6.0 
 10. Ribeiro, Brasilia5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.6 
 2. de Assis, S.Jose/U.5.4 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.5.0 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo4.4 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus4.3 
 6. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.2 
 7. Benite, Flamengo3.7 
 8. Laws, S.Jose/U.3.6 
 9. Giovannoni, Brasil.3.4 
 10. Stallworth, Pinhe.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Brasilia
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dos Santos, Brasil.3.0 
 2. Ribeiro, Brasilia2.0 
 3. Cardenas, Mavort1.7 
 4. de Assis, S.Jose/U.1.4 
 5. Mensah, Flamengo1.4 
 6. Levy, Lanus1.3 
 7. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.3 
 8. Stallworth, Pinhei.1.3 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.1.2 
 10. Escalera, Arecibo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mineiro FERREIRA
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.2 
 2. Araujo, Pinheiro.1.0 
 3. Antonio, S.Jose/U.1.0 
 4. Becker, S.Jose/U.0.8 
 5. Battle, Lanus0.7 
 6. Zanotti, Flamengo0.5 
 7. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.5 
 8. Boccia, Lanus0.5 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.0.5 
 10. McFarlan, Lanus0.5 


Semifinal Stage. Day 2 in Cancun - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Arecibo - Pioneros 75-96
Pioneros de Quintana Roo opened win count at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. They fired past Capitanes de Arecibo in Group E in Cancun. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) unleashed 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the hosts. Pioneros de Quintana surged ahead for a 21:13 lead after the starting quarter. The Mexican team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Pioneros built a 44:27 halftime advantage. They stretched the gap in the third term. Pioneros arrived at the final break up by 19 points. The hosts dropped 28 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Jeremiah Dominguez (168-PG-85, college: Portland St.) had 15 points, while Soriano and Noe Alonzo chipped in 13 points apiece for the winnign side. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 25 points for Capitanes. Jesus Verdejo (193-G-85, college: S.Florida) had 15 points in defeat.

S.Jose/Unimed - Brasilia 61-82
Uniceub/BRB posted the opening win at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. They knocked down Sao Jose/Unimed for 1-1 record in Group E. Alirio Alves stepped up with 20 points for the winners. Uniceub/BRB surged ahead early in the game. They cleared off to a 13-point advantage at the first break 21:8. Brasilia kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the second quarter. Uniceub/BRB piled up a 41:26 halftime lead. The Brazilian champions recorded an 18-point advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Sao Jose/Unimed managed just 14 points in the final quarter as Uniceub/BRB coasted to the win at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Welington dos Santos provided 13 points in the win. Fulvio de Assis (186-PG-81) answered with 19 points for Sao Jose/Unimed. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) chipped in 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the loss.



Semifinal Stage. Day 1 in Cancun - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Brasilia - Arecibo 106-108 OT
Capitanes de Arecibo claimed a narrow victory over Uniceub/BRB at the start of the Liga Americas semifinal stage in Group E. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 25 points to lead the Puerto Rican team. Uniceub/BRB led by three points after the opening quarter 24:21. Capitanes made a strong run in the second frame to gain a 42:38 halftime lead. Uniceub/BRB regained the lead in the third quarter. The Brazilian powerhouse accounted for a 70:66 lead at the third break. Capitanes improved their defensive effort in the fourth frame. They limited Brasilia to 15 points and forced overtime. The teams could not decide on the winner in the first extra period. Capitanes finally proved the strength in the second overtime snatching a narrow win at the end. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) had 20 points and 11 boards, while Windi Graterol (204-C-86) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for Capitanes. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) answered with 29 points for Brasilia. Arthur Silva netted 22 points in the loss.

Pioneros - S.Jose/Unimed 66-70
Sao Jose/Unimed registered the first win at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. They shot down Pioneros in Cancun to take 1-0 record in Group E. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) netted 15 points each for the winners. Pioneros led by three points after the opening quarter. The Mexican team stretched the lead in the second frame. They gained a 42:36 halftime lead. But Sao Jose/Unimed took over after the big break. The Brazilian team stiffened their defence and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Sao Jose/Unimed went on a 20:14 rally in the fourth frame and sneaked to a narrow win at the end. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) posted 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) and Mike Williams (201-F/C-85, college: Cincinnati) had 17 points each in the loss.



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.23.6 
 2. Kleiza, Birstono19.4 
 3. Maneikis, Olimpas19.0 
 4. Valukonis, Suduva.18.7 
 5. Linkevicius, Triob.17.5 
 6. Giedraitis, Mazeik.17.2 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.16.6 
 8. Jucikas, Meresta16.4 
 9. Tarvydas, Statyba16.0 
 10. Macernis, Mazeiki.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas LINKEVICIUS
  Triobet
  (197-F-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Linkevicius, Triob.10.6 
 2. Trybanski, Dzukija9.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.9.0 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.8.8 
 5. Valukonis, Suduva.8.5 
 6. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.4 
 7. Montrimavici., Rad.7.4 
 8. Tarolis, Gargzdai7.1 
 9. Kazakauskas, Olimp.7.0 
 10. Staniulis, S.Marc.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.7.5 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija7.5 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.8 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas4.7 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 6. Mazutis, Mazeikiai4.4 
 7. Kuklierius, Suduva.4.3 
 8. Kutra, Radviliskis4.2 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas4.2 
 10. Anuzis, Nafta U.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.2.8 
 2. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.8 
 3. Macernis, Mazeikiai2.6 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas2.6 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.4 
 6. Sabeckis, Birstono2.2 
 7. Paliukenas, Staty.2.0 
 8. Giedraitis, Mazeik.1.9 
 9. Pelss, Zanavykas1.9 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.2 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Zalgir.1.7 
 4. Virbalas, Perla.1.4 
 5. Jucikas, Meresta1.3 
 6. Tarolis, Gargzdai1.2 
 7. Macernis, Mazeikiai1.2 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 9. Zvinklys, Nafta U.1.0 
 10. Milinskas, Triobet0.9 


NKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Zanavykas - Dzukija 94-96

Zanavykas was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 27-24 charge of Dzukija, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Zanavykas outrebounded Dzukija 35-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zanavykas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Global Sports Plaza) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. Guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and guard Arturs Pelss (181-87) added 14 points and 9 assists in the effort for Zanavykas. Five Dzukija and four Zanavykas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: B.Harrison 21+1reb+10ast, M.Reminas 20+2reb+2ast, L.Brazdauskis 15+4reb, P.Sakinis 14+6reb, C.Trybanski 11+5reb+1ast, T.Skripkauskas 6+2reb+1ast
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 25+15reb+2ast, M.Uzupis 15+5reb+1ast, A.Pelss 14+2reb+9ast, V.Sumskis 12+5reb, R.Simanavicius 9+1reb+1ast, R.Ostreika 9+1reb
gschID: 237246


Statyba - Mazeikiai 76-69

Mazeikiai trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 29-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. Statyba dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazeikiai to just 5 points in third quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Mazeikiai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Statyba players scored in double figures. Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) produced 24 points and point guard Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-92) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Statyba: D.Tarvydas 19+10reb+3ast, V.Luksa 16+2reb+1ast, O.Varanauskas 14+5reb+3ast, K.Brusokas 12+9reb, M.Paliukenas 6+1reb+4ast, T.Rinkunas 5+2reb+4ast
Mazeikiai: R.Giedraitis 24+4reb, A.Gydra 12+6reb+1ast, O.Macernis 10+4reb, E.Zukauskas 8+7reb+5ast, V.Pikalavicius 6+2reb, M.Sidlauskas 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 237245


Perlas-MRU - Triobet 92-97

Triobet forced 22 Perlas-MRU turnovers. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) scored 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga) responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and guard Dovis Bickauskis (188-93) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Triobet: M.Linkevicius 34+9reb+6ast, T.Milinskas 19+12reb, H.Vorotnikovas 11+3reb, R.Juknevicius 10+2reb+3ast, I.Dauksys 9+4reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 8+3reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: K.Sheard 24+5reb+4ast, M.Virbalas 17+4reb+1ast, D.Bickauskis 17+5reb+3ast, J.Elvikis 14+5reb+3ast, A.Udras 8+3reb, T.Padegimas 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 237248


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Olimpas 72-67

Zalgiris-Sabonio made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Olimpas outrebounded Zalgiris-Sabonio 43-31 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: A.Gudaitis 18+10reb, M.Grigonis 12+9reb+4ast, T.Dimsa 11+2reb+3ast, L.Lekavicius 10+1reb+1ast, V.Kariniauskas 6+2reb+3ast, J.Tamulis 5+3reb
Olimpas: J.Kazakauskas 17+6reb+4ast, I.Razutis 13+7reb+5ast, A.Maneikis 11+7reb+2ast, M.Norvaisas 8+4reb, R.Venskus 6+3reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 237247



Rudupis paved their way through to the Baltic League Final - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Barons kvartals 110:80

Rudupis paved their way through to the Baltic League Final. In Game 2 of the Semifinals the Lithuanian team overcame Barons kvartals 110:80 that was enough to advance after two games.
Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Nauris Miezis added 8 points respectively for the guests.
In the Final game Rudupis will face Ventspils that prevailed against Kalev/Cramo on aggregate and advanced into the title game. The Latvian side grabbed a 78:65 win and headed to the Finals.

Rudupis: Gintaras Kadziulis 20, Gediminas Orelikas 18, Arnas Labuckas (203-F-87) 14, Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) 13, Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) 12, Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) 11
Barons kvartals: Tyler Cain 18+10reb, Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) 9, Ilmars Bergmanis (184-PG-81) 9



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Liga Americas: Sao Jose/Unimed edge Pioneros - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Unimed - Pioneros 70:66

Sao Jose/Unimed registered the first win at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. They shot down Pioneros in Cancun to take 1-0 record in Group E. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) netted 15 points each for the winners.
Pioneros led by three points after the opening quarter. The Mexican team stretched the lead in the second frame. They gained a 42:36 halftime lead. But Sao Jose/Unimed took over after the big break. The Brazilian team stiffened their defence and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Sao Jose/Unimed went on a 20:14 rally in the fourth frame and sneaked to a narrow win at the end. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) posted 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) and Mike Williams (201-F/C-85, college: Cincinnati) had 17 points each in the loss.

Sao Jose/Unimed: Dede Stefanelli 15, Jefferson Antonio 15, Murilo Becker 10+10 boards
Pioneros: Akeem Scott 17, Mike Williams 17



Liga Americas: Pioneros storm past Capitanes - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Quintana - Capitanes de Arecibo 96:75

Pioneros de Quintana Roo opened win count at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. They fired past Capitanes de Arecibo in Group E in Cancun. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) unleashed 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Pioneros de Quintana surged ahead for a 21:13 lead after the starting quarter. The Mexican team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Pioneros built a 44:27 halftime advantage. They stretched the gap in the third term. Pioneros arrived at the final break up by 19 points. The hosts dropped 28 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Jeremiah Dominguez (168-PG-85, college: Portland St.) had 15 points, while Stephen Soriano (201-F-84, college: